Alien artist H.R. Giger dead at 74

Swiss surrealist artist also credited as an inspiration for classic FPS Doom.

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger, designer of the monster from classic 1979 sci-fi film Alien, has died, his museum confirmed to Reuters. He was 74.

An employee for the H.R. Giger Museum told Reuters that Giger died Monday from injuries sustained from a fall. His death was originally reported by Swiss media.

Giger won an Oscar for creating the monster from Ridley Scott's Alien. He did the art for the Dark Seed series, and id Software designer John Romero said Doom's art, including walls that look like spines, screaming faces, and hellish monsters, was partially inspired by Giger.

His reach extends beyond film and video games. Giger also created the microphone stand Korn singer Jonathan Davis uses for live performances. Meanwhile, guitar-maker Ibanez created a line of guitars based on Giger's work.

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39 comments
Chupacabra3332
Chupacabra3332

R.I.P. Mr. Giger. You created one of most representative Sci-Fi monsters of all time.

Grbonjic
Grbonjic

Giger taught us how to be creative. His Alienated structures/creatures meant a lot for movies and gaming.

Rest in peace bro ...

genesarereal
genesarereal

Stan Winston and now Giger. Such a great loss... :(

mathg04
mathg04

One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century dies and you post a picture from a game he had nothing to do with?!?

vader501st
vader501st

A sad day indeed. One of the most sensitive and talented artists in recent memory.

RIP and thanks for all his work.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Someone must have sent him a copy of Colonial Marines...


R.I.P. to the grandfather of all my xenomorphic nightmares. The world will be a hell-of-a-lot less creepy without him in it, yet so much more dull for the loss. Here's hoping that future endeavors make better use of his legacy. 

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Loved his work, his involvement with surrealism will not be forgotten.

glacius_x
glacius_x

RIP Giger! Sad sad day truly.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

NO!!!

damn, he was such an excellent artist. he made the airbrush technique a part of the art world. he had such a great imagination with his work. no other artist was like him. he inspired so many people to make other excellent art. i have my Giger mouse pad for my computer. ive always wanted to own an original Giger Sculpture. he also had cafes made of his artwork, which i always wanted to visit.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I thought he was dead ages ago.


He also inspired Metroid. 

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

A bad way to go out, but it's very inspiring to hear a man of that age playing such a pivotal role in what is traditionally thought of as a younger clique. Shows that skill transcends stereotypes.


May he rest in peace.

smokingair
smokingair

Game Over Man Game over.........

Rip


Jay2528
Jay2528

Guy seemed to have inspired a lot of people. I had no idea he had inspired the art in Doom (one of my favorite games). RIP to him.

yeah_28
yeah_28

My favorite artist, and likewise, creator of my favorite creature of all times.

I've admired him and his work since I was like 10 years old. RIP.

Vojtass
Vojtass

He was such a brilliant artist. RIP Mr. Giger.

NTM23
NTM23

This may be a insensitive sounding way to put it, but it's what came to mind first, "that sucks". If it weren't for him (obviously), the Xenomorphs we know of today wouldn't be what it is, and that means a lot.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Such a great artist, although I did find some of his work disturbing.  Rest in peace, Mr. Giger.

Rocker128
Rocker128

Just happened to read his artbook last week... His designs moulded my perception of how an alien from outer space should and would look like since childhood. Thank you for this wonderful memory...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Damn......he was one of my fave artists.....

How weird too that yesterday i was thinking of him........

Another legend dies, tis truly a sad time...

playstationzone
playstationzone

gamespot lieing he did work on a videogame called Dark Seed 1, 2 get you facts right Eddie.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I have a couple of his art books, the guy had a wild imagination, and wicked artistic talent, for sure. RIP

zerofrust
zerofrust

Damn, i really liked his work.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@NTM23  Yeah that led to one decent movie the second one was the only one worth the time to watch and it wasnt that great.

Stiler
Stiler

@KSSuperhero @NTM23 First and second one were both great, there's a reason both are classics. You might not like them and that's your right to an opinion but you can't disregard the impact the Alien and Aliens movies had on sci-fi films in general and how popular both still are.

NTM23
NTM23

@KSSuperhero 


I love Alien and Aliens the same, and think Prometheus, while not as good as the original two, is also great... So, you're basically telling me you don't like the Alien franchise. Alright. Don't know why you brought that up to me; you could have just said that as a main comment.