Canadian model and artist Zombie Boy - who was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Montreal - used his head-to-toe tattoos to earn global notice, from the catwalks of Paris to a video for pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Rick Genest, a model and artist known also as "Zombie Boy" has died at the age of 32.
Zombie Boy, whose real name was Rick Genest, died this week in his hometown of Montreal, his agent Dulcedo Management said.
Stylist Nicola Formichetti discovered Genest in 2010, leading him to be featuring in a campaign for Mugler and getting a prominent role in Gaga's video.More news: CDC Report: Hundreds Ill From Parasite In McD Salads
In the post, the agency said it was "shocked and saddened by this tragedy".
Lady Gaga paid tribute to her friend model Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy, following news of his apparent suicide on Thursday.
The Police Department of the City of Montreal confirmed to Radio Canada Rick's cause of death is suicide.
The model and actor had appeared in Lady Gaga's Born This Way music video in 2011. She also urged anyone suffering from mental health issues to reach out to friends and family, adding. "It's cool if we help each other". By the time he turned twenty, his body was practically covered with morbid, skeletal-inspired ink, giving him the appearance of a living corpse (hence the nickname "Zombie Boy").More news: Les Moonves requests that his name be removed from USC during probe
He now holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of insect tattoos (176) and most number of bone tattoos (139) on a body. Before his death, he was collaborating with former Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs on an album of original songs penned by Genest.
Genest appeared in magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. By drawing on the body he even got into the Guinness Book of records as the man with the most tattoos in the form of bones and insects.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of resources.More news: Android P’s Release Could Be On The 20th Of August