Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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His unique head-to-toe body art propelled him to international fame on fashion runways and in a Lady Gaga video, but friends say the artist and model known as "Zombie Boy" never forgot his humble beginnings as a Montreal street kid.

The artist, whose real name was Rick Genest (JEH'-nest), died this week at the age of 32.

Circus artist Jennifer Bobette, who knew him for 18 years, says the soft-spoken friend she called "Zombie" lived "two different lives."

She says he never brought up his fame when he was home in Montreal, where he was part of a community of punks and artists living in a building known as the Fattal lofts.

Despite reports Genest committed suicide, Bobette says her friend seemed his usual self when she last saw him a few days before his death.

Quebec's coroner's office says an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Genest appeared in Lady Ga Ga's "Born This Way" video and the superstar tweeted that the news of his death was "beyond devastating." (The Canadian Press)



When Drake released his hyped album "Scorpion" a month ago nobody was talking about jumping from moving vehicles to imitate a video of one of the songs.

Over the past several weeks the Toronto rapper's track "In My Feelings" has exploded in popularity.

The sudden dance craze started by U-S comic Shiggy, has led a growing number of people to try to mimic the choreography by dancing alongside moving cars, and even stepping out of moving vehicles -- sometimes with tragic consequences.

One young woman fell and out of a car and fractured her skull and a man was run over by his own car.

Halton Police in Ontario have now issued a warning about the fad. (The Canadian Press)



The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts says an ad for its Picasso exhibit is back online after being rejected by Facebook's anti-nudity policy. …

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