We’re always told that we can be whatever we want to be, and Rick Genest took that advice to the coolest possible extreme when he decided to become, well, a zombie. With 90% of his body (and face) tattooed, Genest became known as “Zombie Boy,” rising to worldwide fame when he memorably appeared in Lady Gaga’s music video for “Born This Way.”
“I thought long and hard about what I wanted, about what my passion was,” Genest told the Daily Star back in 2016. “And I decided I wanted to be a fucking zombie.”
Sadly, we’re learned today that Genest, at the young age of 32, has died. He was found dead at his apartment in Montreal, Quebec this week from an apparent suicide.
Rick Genest, who appeared in the Keanu Reeves film 47 Ronin, was also the inspiration for Evan Peters’ iconic “American Horror Story: Murder House” look. His look was used by the FX series without his permission, leading to a lawsuit that was settled quietly. Notably, Genest is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most bones tatted on a human body: 138.
Lady Gaga paid tribute to Genest in a post over on Twitter today, writing…
“The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating. 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 are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other.”