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Alien creator H. R. Giger dies aged 74: report

Published on May 13, 2014 5:08 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Swiss surrealist designer Hans Ruedi Giger, who won an Oscar for the monster he created for Ridley Scott's film Alien, has died at the age of 74, media reported.

He died yesterday afternoon in hospital from injuries sustained in a fall, Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported, citing sources close to his family.

Better known as HR Giger, he was born in 1940 into a family of chemists in the small eastern Swiss town of Chur. He moved to Zurich in 1962 to study architecture and industrial design.

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.

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