DEAD: ON THIS DATE
H. R. Giger (aged 74)
Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor, set designer
Hans Ruedi Giger (5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss painter, best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a cold biomechanical relationship. Later he abandoned airbrush work for pastels, markers, and ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien. In Switzerland there are two themed bars that reflect his interior designs, and his work is on permanent display at the H.R. Giger Museum at Gruyères. His style has been adapted to many forms of media, including record album covers, furniture, and tattoos.
DEATH: On 12 May 2014, Giger died in a hospital in Zürich after having suffered injuries in a fall.