Photo Credits: Title | Blabbermouth | Poster with Mike Riggs ;
Left & Right | TheFashionisto | Rick Genest By Karim Sadli For GQ Men's Style UK .
Rick Genest, known as Zombie Boy, was born on August 07, 1985, and departed at age 32 on August 1st, 2018; announced by Billboard. The Canadian [LaSalle & Montreal, Quebec] actor, model and musician appeared in Lady Gaga's infamous, "Born This Way"  music video; Lady Gaga painted her face to match his tattoos - Gif below. We delve into Zombie Boy's music appearances in the global rock and metal stage within the last decade; sharing [2013 to 2015] music videos where Rick Genest was vocalist or instrumentalist for collaborated projects; join us in our tribute.
Revolver published, "[Rick Genest] grew up in the city's underground punk scene; he got his first tattoo at age 16. By the time he turned 20, his body was practically covered with morbid, skeletal-inspired ink; giving him the appearance of a corpse (hence the nickname)." The NY Times adds, "In 2011, [Genest] made it into The Guinness World Records for most insects tattooed on the body - 176."
In People Magazine, on August 3rd, 2018; Dulcedo Management, who represented Genest, stated they are: "- shocked and saddened by this tragedy.” They shared: “Zombie Boy, Rico, was loved by everyone who had the chance to meet and know him. Icon in the artistic scene and in the fashion and entertainment industries, this innovator has charmed all hearts.”
In a statement obtained by PEOPLE from Dulcedo Management, they wrote that “contrary to reports,” the classification of Genest's death “is yet to be determined.”
Revolver describes prior to the release of "Born This Way:" "Genest was approached by Nicola Formichetti — creative director for fashion mogul Thierry Mugler, and Lady Gaga's stylist — who catapulted him to international fame: this time as a supermodel, as opposed to a side-show attraction. In addition to his starring role in Gaga's "Born This Way" video, Genest appeared in a Mugler ad campaign, modeled for GQ, Vanity Fair, and Vogue Hommes, made cameos in blockbuster films like 2013's 47 Ronin. Genest turned his focus to music; at the time of his death, he had been working on an original LP alongside Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs."
By "side-show" attraction, Mirror.CO.UK interviews Rick Genest who describes his teenage years, "Aged 15, I found out I had a brain tumour. I was told I could die or be left disfigured; I guess this spiralled me into becoming obsessed with the morbid and macabre. As it happened, the operation to remove the tumour went without a hitch, but since then, I’ve known life was too short to not fulfill my dreams of tattoos and body modifications."
Genest adds, "I had my first tattoo – a skull and crossbones on my left shoulder – aged 16 after my operation. I was an outcast Goth as a teen and ran away from home after my first inking. I had an argument with my parents, over something I can’t even remember now, and running away was an act of rebellion."
Read the full interview on Mirror.CO.UK linked in blue text below or directly here.
Text | Mirror.CO.UK
Within 2013, Zombie Boy collaborated with British solo artist KAV on the single, "Dirty Rejects" and a project, "Monsters vs. The World." Watch the latter video below.
Photo | Blabbermouth
Furthermore, in 2015; Blabbermouth confirms Zombie Boy embarked on a new musical collaboration with Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs titled, The Zombie Boy Project. The lyric video, "Zombie Boy 666 Medly;" premiered on the news site Bloody Disgusting: featuring a combination of six different songs. The video is linked exclusively here.
Photo | Blabbermouth
The "Zombie Boy 666 Medly;" tracklist:
1. That Terrible Song
2. Monster Inside
3. Monster Man
4. Yeah Bebe Yeah
5. Darkness Falls
6. Bad To The Bone
SIKA marked her official comeback with "Badboy." Featuring Rick Genest, Zombie Boy. Written by SIKA & Shia, Produced by German & Nomis. Awesome track; tagged on Soundcloud as #dance #electrotrap #trappop #zombieboy #futurebase.