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"Born This Way" model Zombie Boy dies at the age of 32

Rick Genest aka "Zombie Boy" was found dead in his apartment on Thursday he was 32. Genest, originally from Canada was a model and actor who danced alongside Lady Gaga in her video "Born this Way." 

The Montreal born Genest captured the attention of fans and entertainment execs for his tattoo work which mostly included human bone work. Most notably the skull and cranial cross-sectioning that appeared on the top of his head.

He holds the Guinness World Record title for most insect and most bone tattoos.

The model got his first tattoo at the age of 16 and spent a portion of his life living in the streets. His appreciation for body art eventually led him to cover 90-percent of his body with ink, most of it done by Montreal tattoo artist Frank Lewis.

His distinctive qualities allowed him to work in sideshows and he became an online celebrity with a large following. 

Genest was found deceased in his home just ahead of his 33rd birthday.

Lady Gaga was extremely upset upon hearing of his passing and pleaded to her social media followers to seek help if they are suffering from the effects of mental illness. 

"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," she wrote on Twitter. "If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other."

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