Lady Gaga’s Mental Health Plea After Death Of ‘Born This Way’ Video Star

Lady Gaga and Canadian model Zombie Boy in the video for Born This Way

Lady Gaga has urged anyone suffering from mental health issues to reach out for help following the death of one of the stars of her “Born This Way” video.

Gaga took to social media after tattooed Canadian model Rick Genest, 32, was reportedly found dead on Wednesday of an apparent suicide at his apartment in Montreal.

The 32-year-old, who was known as Zombie Boy, starred in Lady Gaga’s 2011 music video for queer empowerment anthem “Born This Way”.

Gaga tweeted, “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.

“Science tells us that it takes 21 days to form a habit, 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.

“Reach out if you’re in pain, and if you know someone who is, reach out to them too.

“Kindness and mental health aren’t one time practices. They aren’t just to do list items.”

If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

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