'Zombie Boy', 32, found dead at home in Montreal

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Genest was struggling with mental health problems and took his own life on Wednesday, Radio-Canada reported.

In January, 2011 Ganest modeled for the Autum/Winter collection by French designer Thierry Mugler, headlining on the brand's website, and had another gig at a fashion show for the women's 2011 Autumn/Winter line alongside Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga was one of the first to post a message of condolence via her Twitter page, having worked with him on fashion shoots and her Born This Way music video.

Gaga added: "If you are suffering, call a friend or family today". "We must save each other".

The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating.

Dulcedo said it learned Thursday afternoon of the death and "was in shock".

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She continued by calling on everybody to end the stigma associated with mental health.

Genest came to the public's attention after tattooing his body from heat to toe, including images of a skull and brain on his head.

The singer had cast Genest in her video for 2011 single Born This Way.

British artist Marc Quinn had reportedly been working on an 11.5-foot sculpture of Genest called "Self-Conscious Gene", to be permanently displayed at the Science Museum, London. Genest actually held two Guinness Book of World Records related to his body art, including "Most Insects Tattooed on the Body" and "Most Bones Tattooed on the Body".

Genest also starred in a number of movies including 47 Ronin opposite Keanu Reeves in 2013.

At the time of his death, Genest was 32 - with his body being found just six days before his 33rd birthday. If you need help, contact Crisis Services Canada at their website or by calling 1-833-456-4566.

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