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Rick Genest, Star of Gaga's 'Born This Way' Vid, Dies of Apparent Suicide at 32

Friday Aug 3, 2018
 Canadian model Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy
Canadian model Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy  (Source:AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Model and the star of Lady Gaga's LGBTQ anthem "Born This Way," Rick Genst, also known as "Zombie Boy," has died of apparent suicide, People magazine reports. He was 32.

Genest, who lived in Montreal, Canada, was found dead in his home Wednesday, iHeartRadio Canada first reported.

Gaga took to Twitter Thursday to share the news that Genest, who would have celebrated his 33rd birthday on August 7, took his own life.

"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're suffering, call a friend or family today," the "Joanne" singer added. "We must save each other."

She followed up that message with another tweet.

"Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, if you're suffering from [a] Mental Health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you've been doing," Gaga wrote. "Reach out if you're in pain, and if you know someone who is, reach out to them too," she tweeted.




People points out Genest currently holds a Guinness World Record for the most insect tattoos on his body - a total of 176. He holds another record for the most human bone tattoos, having 139. After gaining fame from the "Born This Way" music video, Genest modeled for a number of magazines, including GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue Hommes. He was also involved with the Home Depot Canada Foundation, which brought awareness about homeless youth.

An Instagram post went live on Genest's account after his death Thursday. Its caption reads:

-THE WELL-

o Damballa

lo we howl upon stars hung above
we soul cast down the well of stone
as fire laid betwixt two fates
of most drear less dire straights
each breath cuts ice as flesh is weighed
in front of deaths old narrow gates
where bold and brazen last rites crate

lo heed our wish of madness
deep from os
our prayers we kissed
so stern and cold
on metal shells
release by moonlight glow - Zombie Boy

Check it out below and revisit the "Born This Way" video also below.




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