Rick Genest, a Canadian model who was known for his dramatic, full-body tattoos which inspired the moniker "Zombie Boy," was found dead on Aug. 1 in Montreal, in what authorities initially said was an apparent suicide. He was 32. Genest most famously worked with Lady Gaga, appearing in her video for "Born This Way." Gaga tweeted about him on Aug. 2, mourning his death and urging people to get help for mental health issues. (Two days later, as Genest's family and management expressed their belief his death was an accident, Gaga clarified those original tweets by posting new ones apologizing "if I spoke too soon.") Here, photos of Genest on red carpets, working fashion shows, and more.
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Out of respect for Rick's family, Rick & his legacy I apologize if I spoke too soon as there was no witnesses or evidence to support any conclusion for the cause of his death. I in no way meant to draw an unjust conclusion My deepest condolences to his entire family and friends. pic.twitter.com/CJ9AdOJ22j— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2018
The art we made was sacred to me and I was emotional, he was an incredible artist and his art and heart will live on. Rest In Peace 🙏 You beautiful soul. pic.twitter.com/0gXTJ6cHYB— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2018
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