Rick Genest, Model And Artist Known As 'Zombie Boy' Died Age 32

Genest was well-known for featuring in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" video in 2011.

Warning: This post discusses suicide. 

Rick Genest, a model and artist known also as 'Zombie Boy' has died at the age of 32.

According to CBC, authorities classified the 32-year-old's death as suicide.

Montreal-based Genest became well known after tattooing his entire body, including getting his face tattooed to appear like a skull with an open cranium and exposed brain on his head.

Genest featured in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" music video where his tattoos were replicated on the star via makeup.

After learning of the news, Gaga tweeted that the news was "beyond devastating", urging her followers to reach out to loved ones for support if they themselves were struggling with their mental health.

Genest, who got his first tattoo when he was 16, held two Guinness World Records, one for most tattooed insects (176) and one for most tattooed bones (139). Genest told the New York Times he had spent "300 hours, give or take, to look like the living dead".

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, you can call beyondblue on 1300 224 636, Headspace on 1800 650 890, Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. If it is an emergency, call 000.

To find out more about how you can safely talk about suicide, head to Life In Mind Australia.

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