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'Alien' creator Giger dies at 74: report
(05-13 16:58)

Swiss surrealist designer Hans Ruedi Giger, who won an Oscar for the monster he created for Ridley Scott's "Alien'', has died at the age of 74, media reported Tuesday.
Giger died Monday afternoon in hospital from injuries sustained in a fall, Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported, citing sources close to his family.
Born in 1940 into a chemists family in the small eastern Swiss town of Chur, Giger moved to Zurich in 1962 to study architecture and industrial design, AFP reports.
He quickly turned to art, producing first mainly ink drawings and oil paintings that formed the basis for his first solo exhibition four years later.
But it was his discovery of the airbrush that led to the unique freehand painting style that characterizes many of his most famous works.
His distinctive style shot to global fame when he created the "Alien'' for Ridley Scott's 1979 iconic film, with help from ET creator Carlo Rambaldi.
The nightmarish skeletal monster, with its elongated metallic head and mouth filled with vampire-sharp teeth, earned Giger an Oscar in 1980 for the Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
His designs were also centerpieces in a range of other well-known films, including "Poltergeist II'', directed by Brian Gibson, David Fincher's "Alien3'', and Roger Donaldson's 1995 horror movie "Species''.
The artist also gained international recognition for his often dark Giger sculptures, as well as for his paintings and furniture.
In 1998, the HR Giger Museum opened in the Swiss town of Gruyere, becoming home to the biggest collection of his works.
The museum, run by the artist's wife Carmen Maria Scheifele Giger, also houses examples from his vast private art collection, counting works by the likes of Salvador Dali, Dado and Friedrich Kuhn.
In recent years, a number of international museums, including in Paris, Prague and Vienna, have also presented retrospectives of the artist's work.   
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