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Lady Gaga has apologized for speaking “too soon” about the death of Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy. After Genest’s death was reported Friday, Gaga wrote an emotional tweet discussing ‘The suicide of friend Rick Genest” and urging fans to support each other in times of mental health crisis.

However, Rick Genest’s managers released a statement writing that there is no official cause of death, “contrary to reports.” Genest fell from his fourth-story balcony after telling his girlfriend he was going to smoke a cigarette. He left no suicide note.

Lady Gaga tweeted an apology “Out of respect for Rick’s family, Rick & his legacy” and wrote that she didn’t mean to speak too soon or “draw an unjust conclusion.” In a seperate tweet, she paid tribute to the model who appeared in her “Born This Way” video in 2011.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, there are resources to help you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

You can call directly at 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, you can contact Samaritans at 116 123.

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