Lady Gaga calls for compassion after co-star's death

Tattooed star Zombie Boy filmed an anti-bullying video at Marymount Academy 2012.					Dave Sidaway  The Gazette

Lady Gaga tweeted that she was "devastated" to hear the sad news about her friend.

The pop star mourned Genest - the heavily tattooed centerpiece of her acclaimed, seven-minute "Born This Way" video - on Twitter, calling for widespread reform aimed at breaking stigmas surrounding mental illness and "bring [ing] mental health to the forefront".

The model rose to global fame thanks to his striking tattoos, which gave him the appearance of a corpse, and his appearance in Lady Gaga's Born This Way video.

The singer has taken to Twitter to not only pay tribute to Genest, but also call on greater awareness of mental health - asking us to "save each other".

He made an appearance in Lady Gaga's music video "Born This Way".

She continued: "If you are suffering, call a friend or family today".

Lady Gaga took to her social media a second time, with another message for her fans.

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"If you are suffering from mental health issue I beckon for today to be your first day or a continuation of the work you've been doing".

The model, actor and artist - most famous for his striking tattooed visage - is believed to have passed away on Wednesday night at him home in Montreal.

He was found dead in his apartment by Montreal Police, would have been 33 years old on August 7. Reach out if you are in pain, or if you know someone who is, reach out to them too'.

The regretted model was well known for his tattoos that made him look like a living skeleton with an exposed brain.

Genest is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most insect tattoos on his body (176) as well as another record for the most human bone tattoos (139).

The body art covered most of his skin, including his face and shaved head.

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