Rick Genest, the fashion icon and artist best known as Zombie Boy and Rico the Zombie, was found dead in his home on Aug. 1, 2018. He was 32 years old. Genest’s family told the Mirror that the model’s cause of death has yet to be determined, though some outlets originally reported it to be a suspected suicide.

Throughout his life, Genest had beaten the odds. The star dedicated his existence to artistic expression after being diagnosed with brain cancer as a teenager and followed an unconventional path to fame that led him in and out of homelessness. His monumental career was seemingly built on a series of near-misses and good luck. In 2010, Genest was discovered by Lady Gaga’s stylist, Nicola Formichetti, and subsequently cast in the singer’s video for “Born This Way,” which transformed him into an international star. He later served as the face of Jay-Z’s fashion label, Rocawear, landed a…

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