Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger who designed the monster and revolutionary sci-fi sets for the film Alien has passed away at age 74.
Giger, who was born Hans Rudolf in the eastern Swiss town of Chur in 1940, died on May 12 in Zurich from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall, an employee of the H.R. Giger Museum said, confirming reports in Swiss media.
Famous for creating the otherworldly creature in Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien, Giger was awarded an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 1980.