H.R. Giger Dead: Alien Movie Artist Dies at 74 After Injuries From a Fall

H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger has died. EPA/MARTIN RUETSCHI/LANDOV

The man behind the terrifying creatures from the 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien has died. H.R. Giger was 74 years old at the time of his death. 

The famed Swiss surrealist artist passed away on Monday, May 12 in Zurich. His death was related to injuries he sustained from a fall, according to Reuters

Born in Switzerland in 1940, Giger earned an Academy Award for his work on Alien. He was honored with the Best Achievement for Visual Effects at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards in 1980. 

The artist was responsible for creating the haunting alien creatures seen in the Ridley Scott film. Alien earned more than $104 million at the worldwide box office on a $11 million budget, and starred Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton, among others. The film spawned three sequels, all featuring variations on Giger's creature. 

In addition to his work on Alien, Giger also directed a few documentary shorts, worked with furniture and interior design, and collaborated with recording artists. 

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