Lady Gaga calls for cultural change following Born This Way star's death

Canadian model Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy during the Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Canadian model Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy during the Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Rick Genest, known artistically as "Zombie Boy", has died age 32.

iHeart Radio Canada, released the news, which also confirmed that Genest was found dead inside his residence in Montreal, Canada, on August 1, 2018.

"The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating", she tweeted honoring the model who was best known for his breakout role in her 2011 music video "Born This Way".

Canadian model Rick Genest, who was found dead in a suspected suicide, has left a heartbreaking final message, speaking of being "in front of deaths narrow gates".

Gaga added: "If you are suffering, call a friend or family today".

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The singer has taken to Twitter to not only pay tribute to Genest, but also call on greater awareness of mental health - asking us to "save each other".

"Rico was loved by all those who had the chance to meet him and know him", they said in the post.

"One thing is for sure, he was not a drug user, and he was sober at the time of the accident".

The model was probably most recognized as the co-star of Lady Gaga in her "Born This Way" music video.

The model, actor and artist - most famous for his striking tattooed visage - is believed to have passed away on Wednesday night at him home in Montreal. Genest actually held two Guinness Book of World Records related to his body art, including "Most Insects Tattooed on the Body" and "Most Bones Tattooed on the Body". The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255. Fortunately he underwent a successful surgery then went on to work in freakshows across Canada as an "illustrated man" with his head to toe inkings.

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