Swiss designer and artist HR Giger, best known for his work on the Alien film series, has died at the age of 74.
The HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, western Switzerland, confirmed earlier today that the artist passed away on Monday after falling down a flight of stairs at his Zurich home.
Born in 1940, Hans Rudolf Giger began painting Surrealist paintings and props after studying architecture and industrial design at university in Zurich.
He later went on to work in Hollywood as a set designer, winning an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 1980 for creating the terrifying insectile Xenomorph alien for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi franchise.
Giger contributed to four other Alien films before creating album art for musicians including Blondie’s Debbie Harry and US punk band the Dead Kennedys.
Apparently aware of the strong reactions that his art induced, Giger remarked in a 1979 interview with the film magazine Starlog that “my paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy. A good many people think as I do. If they like my work they are creative... or they are crazy.”
The artist is survived by his second wife Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger, who he married in 2006.