Sci-fi monster designer, 'Alien’ artist H.R. Giger dies at 74
Swiss artist H.R. Giger, whose surreal designs defined science fiction films such as Alien, has died in Zurich at the age of 74, his family said Tuesday.
Giger died Monday from injuries after a fall, family members were quoted as saying by Swiss public broadcaster SRF. The artist was best known for designing the title character and extraterrestrial landscapes in Ridley Scott’s Alien, for which Giger won an Academy Award in 1980. He also worked on other films, including Species and Poltergeist II.
Giger’s paintings, which often merged human and technological shapes, also appeared as cover art for bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Danzig and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.