'zombie boy' rick genest, most tattooed model, has died aged 32
 

'zombie boy' rick genest, most tattooed model, has died aged 32

model, actor and artist, rick genest – otherwise known as ‘zombie boy’ because of his striking tattooed appearance – has been found dead aged 32. the model is believed to have passed away on wednesday night at his home in montreal, with reports stating that the cause of death was suicide. according to the authorities, the 32-year-old supermodel had been suffering from mental health problems.

'zombie boy' rick genest, most tattooed model, has died aged 32

screengrab from lady gaga, born this way music video, featuring rick genest

 

 

genest held the guinness world record to be the man with the highest number of insect tattoos (176) and the largest number of human bone tattoos (139). in 2011 his striking appearance saw him take a lead role in lady gaga’s born this way music video. the pop star is among celebrities leading tributes to the model.

 

 

video by ladygagaVEVO

  • Maybe he ran out of time – because he ran out of space. It’s too bad that someone has to disfigure himself to become attractive. What’s the next wave – artificial limbs?

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • Never understood the INK craze … “zombie boy” seems to have been a walking illustration, no more, of what’s wrong with the culture in general … NOT good enough! Perhaps suicide will be the next craze, if it hasn’t already begun.

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • Maybe all of those ridiculous tattoos were evidence that this guy had serious problems?

    Will Shoken says:
  • I think the tattoos were what he thought kept him him and i respect that i feel like that death is always chasing you and coming closer, but don’t persuade it its the one thing everyone is running from but it is also a sense of relief and i wish he had someone to hang on to

    Cameron B says:

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