Canada's Zombie Boy dead of apparent suicide: report

Canada's Zombie Boy dead of apparent suicide: report

Canadian Rick Genest, known as "Zombie Boy", poses during the Paradise Tattoo Convention in Heredia, Costa Rica May 29, 2015. Reuters

Zombie Boy -- a model and artist known for his extensive tattoos, including of a skull and brain on his head -- has died of an apparent suicide, Canadian media reported.

Zombie Boy, whose real name was Rick Genest, died around 5 pm (2100 GMT) on Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said, citing police sources. He was 32.

"They are classifying his death as a suicide," CBC said.

He held world records for having the most bones tattooed on his body at 139, and the most insect tattoos, with 176, according to Guinness World Records.

Montreal tattoo artist Frank Lewis was "responsible for inking the majority (of) the designs," it said.

Lady Gaga -- who appeared with Zombie Boy in the "Born This Way" music video -- said she was "devastated" by his death.

"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," Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter.

Dulcedo Management, the talent agency that reportedly represented the Canadian, described him as an "icon of the artistic scene and the world of fashion."

"The whole Dulcedo family is shocked and pained by this tragedy," the agency said in a post on its Facebook page.

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