Though horror fans have had Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy on their radars since day one, the artist and tattoo enthusiast achieved worldwide prominence after appearing in Lady Gaga’s video for Born This Way. Indeed, his face is one in a billion; it’s permanently modified to look like a skull, including exposed brains on his cranium. Indeed, the majority of Genest’s skin was inked.
We’re getting word tonight that the Montreal native passed away on Wednesday evening at the age of 32. Reports indicate he died by suicide. Our hearts go out to Genest’s fans, friends, and family during this difficult period. His bravery and uniqueness were an inspiration for self-described freaks across the world.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and need someone to talk to, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.