February 04, 2019

Famous model 'Zombie Boy' found dead at 32

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Zombie Boy, one of the most famous male models in the world, recently took his own life at the age of 32 and Lady Gaga was among the first to mourn for him.

Rick Genest, Zombie Boy's real name, was found dead in his home in Montreal, Canada, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, but the details surrounding his death are yet to be revealed.

iHearRadio was the first news outlet to share the story and, according to them, Lady Gaga made an appeal for the stigma surrounding Mental Helth to be erased.

The pop star took to her Twitter account to share an emotional post about Genest, whom she met while filming the video clip for her hit song Born This Way in 2011.

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Gaga considered Genest's death as 'beyond devastating,' hinting that Mental Health should be more thoroughly discussed on a daily basis in order to avoid such situations.

In a second tweet, Gaga shared a black-and-white photo of herself and her good friend, urging for people in pain or suffering with Mental Health to seek help.

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"Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, if you are suffering from Mental Health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you’ve been doing"

Lady Gaga, Twitter, August 3, 2018

Genest achieved a celebrity status after appearing in the video clip of Born This Way. He was found by Thierry Mugler, Gaga's stylist Nicola Formichetti, and, after that, he started doing modeling jobs for magazines such as GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue Hommes.

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The late 32-year-old would have turned 33 next Tuesday, August 7, and he currently holds a Guinness Wolrd Record for the most insect tattoos, 176, and most human bone tattoos, 139.

Genest got his first tattoo at the age of 16 and in the following three years he managed to cover almost his entire body in ink. He was homeless for many years and worked at sideshows and 'freak shows.'

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Despite his odd and seemingly menacing appearance, he was described as being a very gentle and nice man and he was often a part of several charities campaigns.

Recently, he had been working with Orange Door,  an initiative started by the Home Depot Canada Foundation that helped organizations supporting homeless youth.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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