Cape Town – Lady Gaga has apologised for assuming Rick Genest, aka ‘Zombie Boy’, died by suicide.
The 32-year-old – who was known as ‘Zombie Boy’ due to his full-body corpse tattoo – was found dead in his apartment on Wednesday, 1 August.
While reports said the cause of death was due to apparent suicide, a statement by Rick’s management has suggested that the “classification of his death is yet to be determined.”
SEE THE STATEMENT HERE:
(Click here to read it on Facebook)
In a now deleted tweet, Gaga paid tribute to her Born This Way music video co-star, saying: “The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating. 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. If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other.”
Gaga took to Twitter on Sunday to correct herself and apologise.
SEE THE TWEETS HERE:
Out of respect for Rick's family, Rick & his legacy I apologize if I spoke too soon as there was no witnesses or evidence to support any conclusion for the cause of his death. I in no way meant to draw an unjust conclusion My deepest condolences to his entire family and friends. pic.twitter.com/CJ9AdOJ22j— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2018
The art we made was sacred to me and I was emotional, he was an incredible artist and his art and heart will live on. Rest In Peace ?? You beautiful soul. pic.twitter.com/0gXTJ6cHYB— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) August 4, 2018
Rick’s manager, Karim Leduc told TMZ the model’s family believe it was an accident.
According to Karim, Rick would lean over his balcony while smoking leading his family to believe he leaned over too far and accidentally fell.
According to BBC News, Rick had a “very positive mindset” at the time of his death, while his parents believe he would have left them a suicide note if he has decided to take his own life.