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Model known as Zombie Boy dead at 32

Model known as Zombie Boy dead at 32”

Lady Gaga says the suicide of Zombie Boy - who starred in her Born This Way music video - is "beyond devastating".

Lady Gaga is speaking out following the death of her friend Rick Genest to mourn his loss and urge anyone suffering to get help.

Genest's management also posted a tribute on Facebook.

Genest's body was discovered in Montreal's Plateau-Mont Royal borough.

It is believed that Genest died by suicide just days before what would have been his 33rd birthday next Tuesday.

"The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating", the pop star wrote.

The Montreal native got attention for his tattoos, which covered nearly his entire body and earned him the nickname "Zombie Boy".

In the end, Genest died holding two Guinness world records, the most insects tattooed on a human body and the most number of tattoos on a human body alone. Since then he slowly built up his collection, which was 90 percent tattooed by Montreal tattoo artist Frank Lewis. His signature look gradually attracted the attention of the world of advertising, fashion and showbusiness.

He forged a successful career in the modeling industry after being first cast in a Thierry Mugler campaign.

Lady Gaga, 32, took to her Twitter page to pen a lengthy heartfelt message to her friend and video artist. Rich also landed a role in 47 Ronin, a movie featuring Keanu Reeves.

"We want to present our deepest condolences".

In fact, there will even be a bronze statue of Genest to be displayed in London's Science Museum next year.

"I don't find him scary at all", Quinn told the Guardian for a story published earlier this year.



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