Rick Genest known as 'Zombie Boy' dies at age of 32 by suicide
Rick Genest known as 'Zombie Boy' & star in Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' video was found dead in his apartment in Montreal.
The Canadian model, Rick Genest, who was known as "Zombie Boy" is dead at the age of 32. It's been reported that Genest died by suicide on Wednesday. The Montreal Police found the model dead in his apartment in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood in Montreal.
The late model's claim to major fame was his 2011 performance alongside pop-star Lady Gaga in her 'Born This Way' music video which helped spark his modeling career.
After living on the streets of Montreal, Genest started by performing in the sideshow business as a bizarre entertainer. He was discovered in 2010 when he was featured in a campaign for French fashion brand, Thierry Mugler. Following that, his modeling career also led him across the world where he walked in many runway fashion shows and posed in campaigns for magazines like GQ and Vogue Hommes.
Genest was covered in ink. He got his first tattoo at age 16 and after a few years, his whole body was inked following a period of illness when he decided to cover himself head to foot with tattoos of the inside of his body. The 'Zombie Boy' is also a Guinness World Record holder for the most insect tattoo's on the human body at 176, as well as the most human bone tattoos with 139.
Genest would have turned 33 next Tuesday on August 7. Earlier this year, it was announced that a bronze statue of Genest would be displayed in London's Science Museum next year. British artist, Marc Quinn was set to create it and had called the model himself an" artwork."
This is another tragic loss this year by suicide following the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.