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The family of Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest believes his death was accidental, according to a new interview. Genest’s manager Karim Leduc has told PEOPLE magazine that he believes the singer fell accidentally from a third-floor balcony.

“For us, the family and close entourage, we feel there’s [sic] too many inconsistencies around his death to rule it as a suicide, and for people to jump to conclusions that rapidly was disappointing,” Leduc said.

“The balcony from which he fell on the third floor was a very dangerous balcony,” Leduc said. “Just three weeks ago, I visited that balcony with him and was on it with him smoking a cigarette, as well. It’s a balcony that has very small rails/guards — an emergency/fire escape balcony – and he was leaning his back towards it like sitting on the ledge of the rail, and he fell from his backside onto the floor.”

After Genest’s death was reported, Lady Gaga tweeted an emotional tribute to the model who appeared in her “Born This Way” video in 2011, which mentioned “The suicide of friend Rick Genest.” She later deleted the tweet and apologized as she didn’t want to “draw an unjust conclusion.”

In a separate statement, Genest’s management company expressed its condolences and wrote that there was no official cause of death “contrary to reports.”

“He’s not someone who, we feel, would commit suicide; he’s not someone who would do something like that because he’s very thoughtful of others,” Leduc continued. “Even though he was going through some very difficult, emotion[al] periods at the time, he hung on.”

Genest was found by his girlfriend after the fall but there were no witnesses to his death. Leduc says “it’s between him and God as to what happened.” Read the full interview here.

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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