Montreal model known as Zombie Boy dead at 32, talent agency confirms

Canadian ‘Zombie Boy’ Model Rick Genest Dead At 32 Of Apparent Suicide

On Wednesday evening, August 1, on 33-m to year of life has died the canadian tattoo artist Rick Genest better known as Zombie Boy.

After learning of the news, Gaga tweeted that the news was "beyond devastating", urging her followers to reach out to loved ones for support if they themselves were struggling with their mental health.

The pop star took to Twitter to express her sadness over the news of his death: "The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating". A post made in May shows a haunting photo of the 32-year-old sitting in a hospital bed, wearing a Kill Me t-shirt with a tongue depressor hanging from his mouth.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don't hesitate to reach out for help.

Although largely, unconfirmed, several media outlets claim it was a suicide, bringing forward the issue of mental health following the death of other public figures; Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain who also respectively died of suicide. The post paid tribute to Genest, calling him an "icon of the artistic scene" who "charmed everybody's hearts". He went on to appear in Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair.

Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, during the making of an anti-bullying video in Montreal in November 2012.

The heavily-inked artist was known as Zombie boy after being tattooed like a corpse across his body.

The stigma around mental health - for everyone - needs to be tackled.

It was Formichetti who helped Genest secure his first major modelling gigs with Mugler and introduced him to Lady Gaga, who cast him in the video for her 2011 single "Born This Way".

Rick reportedly was nicknamed Zombie Boy after undergoing an operation to remove a brain tumour when he was 15.

From Paris to Milan, Berlin and NY, the model appeared in a growing number of fashion shows, notably for Thierry Mugler and for singer Jay-Z's ready-to-wear collection.



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