From what I've read he died from injuries that were the result of fall. This is vague enough to be slightly terrifying and also realistic enough to be absolutely heartrending.
Also, it is a total bummer.
Like, did you know. . .
In addition to his design work on Alien, Giger also worked as conceptual artist on Poltergeist II and designed the monster in Species (which is something I feel like I already knew, but reading it yesterday felt like new information).
Also, very interestingly, he was creative consultant on the weird, French horror-comedy Killer Condom. Huh.
Doubly interesting, he designed a version of the Batmobile for Batman Forever that wasn't used, WHICH IS CRAZY.
Giger is interviewed in the film. Here's the trailer:
In addition to film work, Giger also had a history of collaborating with musicians. He designed the record cover to Emerson, Lake, & Palmer's 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery, as well as Debbie Harry's 1981 album KooKoo.
Along with the album cover, he also directed two music videos from KooKoo, one for "Backfired" and the other for "Now I Know You Know." Check 'em:
A sketch by H.R. Giger was part of the inspiration for Aphex Twin's creeptastic "Window Licker." *shudder*
For the Dead Kennedy's 1985 album Frankenchrist they included a poster of a 1973 piece of Giger's work called "Landscape XX," also known as "Penis Landscape." It eventually led to an obscenity trial for DK members Jello Biafra and Michael Bonanno. I wonder why. . . .
Obviously, he loves it.
There is a H.R. Giger museum in his homeland of Switzerland, earning Europe even more cool credit.
In fact, doubling (or tripling?) down on those cool credits, Switzerland also has two Giger themed bars, one in Gruyères, the other in Chur. They look amazing.
|Just a couple of crazy geniuses...|
|Film poster by Giger|
RIP, H.R. GIGER