Lady Gaga mourns Zombie Boy Rick Genest's death, says it's "beyond devastating"
Rick Genest had appeared in the music video with Lady Gaga in 2011. The 32-year-old heavily tattooed star died of apparent suicide.
This year has been seriously unkind to the showbiz industry. Model Rick Genest, who is better known as Zombie Boy who wooed us in Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' music video in 2011 has passed away. The 32-year-old heavily tattooed star died of an apparent suicide. His body was found in his apartment in Montreal, Canada at the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood Radio Canada reported on Wednesday. Zombie Boy would have celebrated his 33rd birthday just next week on August 7.
He had modeled for many top brands and has appeared in GQ and Vogue. He really burst into the spotlight after Lady Gaga's stylist spotted him and he was featured in her highly successful video for 'Born This Way'. He's also acted in several films and shows like '47 Ronin' and 'Silent Witness.'
Gaga, after hearing about the news of his unfortunate passing took to Twitter to express her sadness on the events that unfurled. She urged her fans to seek help when in need. She said, "The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating," she wrote. "We have to work harder to change the culture, bring Mental Health to the forefront and erase the stigma that we can’t talk about it. If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other."
Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, if you are suffering from Mental Health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you’ve been doing. Reach out if you’re in pain, and if you know someone who is, reach out to them too. pic.twitter.com/4pVR5xyoH6— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 3, 2018
Zombie Boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 15 and he was told that he would either die or never look the same again. In 2016, he spoke to Mirror about the troubled time. "I guess this spiraled me into becoming obsessed with the morbid and macabre. As it happened, the operation to remove the tumor went without a hitch, but since then, I’ve known life was too short to not fulfill my dreams of tattoos and body modifications." It was then that his love for tattoos began. He had his first one his shoulder right after he got out of surgery. He has two Guinness World Records - one for his 176 insect tattoos and the second one for having the most bone tattoos.
The model, who had over 350k Instagram followers, posted what appears to be a haunting final message to his account just nine hours ago — an apparently self-penned poem titled ‘The Well’ which speaks of being “in front of deaths (sic) old narrow gates”: