Rick Genest

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Rick Genest
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Genest in 2011
Born(1985-08-07)August 7, 1985
LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
DiedAugust 1, 2018(2018-08-01) (aged 32)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Other namesZombie Boy
Rico the Zombie
OccupationActor, freakshow performer, fashion model
Years active2009–2018
Children1
Websiterickgenest.com

Rick Genest (August 7, 1985 – August 1, 2018) was a Canadian artist, actor, and fashion model. He was also known as Zombie Boy. Genest was featured in Lady Gaga's video for "Born This Way", with Lady Gaga wearing makeup to replicate Genest's tattoos.[1]

He was cast as the character "foreman" in the 2013 movie 47 Ronin.

Planned to be unveiled in 2019, an 11.5-foot (3.5 m) sculpture of Genest called “Self-Conscious Gene” will be a new permanent fixture at the Science Museum, London, UK. The statue is to be created by British artist Marc Quinn.[2]

On August 1, 2018, Genest was found dead after a fall from the balcony at his Plateau-Mont-Royal apartment.[3] Police ruled his death as a suicide.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Video Premiers, Jillian Mapes (Billboard). February 28, 2011.
  2. Treviño, Julissa (March 15, 2018). "Sculpture of ‘Zombie Boy’ Fleshes Out London’s Science Museum". Smithsonian Mag. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-science-museum-commissions-zombie-boy-sculpture-new-medical-gallery-180968470/. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  3. "Zombie Boy from Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Jumped to His Death". TMZ. EHM Productions, Inc. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. "Model and artist known as Zombie Boy dead at 32". CBC. Retrieved August 3, 2018.