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H.R. Giger, Oscar-Winning ‘Alien’ Designer, Dead at 74

The Swiss artist, who created the famed monster in ‘Alien,’ died of injuries sustained in a fall

H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist who won an Oscar in 1980 for creating the iconic extraterrestrial monster in Ridley Scott‘s “Alien,” has died at age 74.

Reuters first relayed the news from Swiss television stations, who reported that Giger died from injuries sustained in a fall. An employee of the artist’s museum confirmed the news.

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Giger was known for his paintings and sculptures, many of which involved the fusion of humanity and machine, a style he called “biomechanical.” In addition for his work on “Alien,” he designed for Alejandro Jodowarsky’s ill-fated adaptation of “Dune,” and made album covers for artists such as Debbie Harry.