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    Canadian model Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, wears a creation by Auslander during the Fashion Rio Summer 2012 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, June 4, 2011

    Public Hails Lady Gaga's Apology for Calling Zombie Boy's Death Suicide

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    The pop star said she didn't mean to speculate on the cause after Rick Genest's manager disputed the suicide explanation; her fans are apparently cool with her remarks.

    Lady Gaga has apologized online for what she called was jumping to an unjust conclusion following the death of Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest, the Canadian model famous for his head-to-toe corpse-like tattoos, who starred in her 2011 video "Born This Way". 

    In her August 3 post, now deleted, she alleged that Genest took his life, calling his death "beyond devastating." She also called on her followers to put a spotlight on the issue of mental health. "If you are suffering, call a friend or family today. We must save each other," she wrote.

    READ MORE: 'Rest in Peace, Zombie Boy': Public Pays Tributes to Star of Lady Gaga's Video

    Lady Gaga's online apology provoked a handful of emotional comments, with many fans claiming that her words were "totally understandable."

    On Friday, the 32-year-old Genest fell to his death from a third-floor apartment in Montreal in what police classified as a suicide attempt. His manager Karim Leduc told People magazine that Genest could have fallen off accidentally after he leaned too far back on the balcony while smoking a cigarette. "He's not someone who, we feel, would commit suicide; he's not someone who would do something like that because he's very thoughtful of others," Leduc added.


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