Canadian model Rick Genest aka Zombie boy presents a creation by French designer Thierry Mugler during the Men's fall-winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection show on January 19, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

In Photos: Remembering 'Zombie Boy' Rick Genest

The Canadian was mourned by friend Lady Gaga after his sudden death.

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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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Model Rick Genest poses at the Angel Sanchez Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Box at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) Astrid Stawiarz Posing at the Angel Sanchez show during 2012's Fashion Week in New York. According to a profile in The Atlantic, Genest, who grew up in Montreal, was discovered in 2010 on Facebook by designer Nicola Formichetti who then used him in a runway show. Genest had an incredible array of anatomical and nature-inspired tattoos and actually holds two Guinness World Records, for most insect tattoos (176) and most bone tattoos (139). In addition to the Gaga video, Genest modeled for Jay-Z's label Rocawear and appeared in the Keanu Reeves movie "47 Ronin."


LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) arrives at the '21 And Over' - Los Angeles Premiere at Westwood Village Theatre on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic) Barry King/FilmMagic At a movie premiere in Los Angeles in 2013. NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Model Rick Genest (C)and choreographer Donald Aversa (R) attend the General Idea Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) Stephen Lovekin In the audience at the General Idea show in 2012.

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Genest in a video that was part of a tattooing exhibit in Paris in 2014. JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images Genest in a video that was part of a tattooing exhibit in Paris in 2014. With designer Angel Sanchez in 2012 Astrid Stawiarz With designer Angel Sanchez in 2012 TORONTO, ON - APRIL 20: Rick Genest arrives at the 2018 Canadian Arts And Fashion Awards Red Carpet held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on April 20, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for CAFA) George Pimentel/Getty Images for CAFA At an event in Toronto earlier this year. In a Facebook post, his management company paid tribute to the man who "was loved by all those who had the chance to meet him and know him." Genest himself had spoke about using his higher profile for a greater purpose: In an interview in Wonderland magazine in 2012 he said, "I do seize this opportunity to raise awareness for tolerance, acceptance and embracing our differences."



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