Lady Gaga Apologizes for Drawing 'Unjust Conclusion' on Cause of Rick 'Zombie Boy' Genest's Death
Lady Gaga is clarifying her condolences after the sudden death of Rick "Zombie Boy" Genest at age 32
The Grammy winner, 32 — who collaborated with Genest on the 2011 music video for “Born This Way” — wrote on Twitter Saturday, “Out of respect for Rick’s family, Rick & his legacy I apologize if I spoke too soon as there was no witnesses or evidence to support any conclusion for the cause of his death. I in no way meant to draw an unjust conclusion My deepest condolences to his entire family and friends.”
Genest was found dead in his home in Montreal on Wednesday. Both the Canadian authorities and Lady Gaga have stated that the death was a suicide, but Karim Leduc, Genest’s manager, told PEOPLE on Friday that his family and friends think it was an accident.
“For us, the family and close entourage, we feel there’s too many inconsistencies around his death to rule it as a suicide, and for people to jump to conclusions that rapidly was disappointing,” Leduc said. “The balcony from which he fell on the third floor was a very dangerous balcony … It’s a balcony that has very small rails/guards — an emergency/fire escape balcony – and he was leaning his back towards it like sitting on the ledge of the rail, and he fell from his backside onto the floor.”
Leduc also told PEOPLE that Genest “didn’t jump from the third floor like they’re making it seem,” adding that the 32-year-old model and actor “didn’t leave any notes” and had “actually made plans for a couple things that week.”
In a now-deleted tweet posted on Thursday, Lady Gaga stated that Genest had taken his own life. “The suicide of friend Rick Genest, Zombie Boy is beyond devastating,” she wrote. “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.”
In addition to appearing in “Born This Way,” Genest was a spokesperson for L’Oréal’s Demablend Professional Line, acted in the movie 47 Ronin and the television show Silent Witness, and delivered a TEDx Talk.
“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 told PEOPLE. “Even though he was going through some very difficult, emotion[al] periods at the time, he hung on.”
“He’s a trooper. He was always hanging on. For us, it’s just very difficult to jump to conclusion[s],” he continued, adding that “it’s between him and God as to what happened,” as there were no witness to Genest’s death.