Artist and designer HR Giger dies, aged 74

Man behind iconic record sleeves for Debbie Harry and The Dead Kennedys passes away following fall at home

HR Giger, the artist and designer who worked with musicians such as Debbie Harry and The Dead Kennedys, has died aged 74.

BBC News reports that Giger died in hospital on Monday (May 12) after falling down stairs at his home in Zurich. A spokesperson at Giger’s museum in Gruyere later confirmed the news.

Best known for his Osacr winning ‘Xenomorph’ in Ridley Scott’s 1980 sci-fi horror film Alien, Giger also designed the cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1973 album, ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ and Debbie Harry solo album ‘Koo Koo.’


Giger courted controversy in 1986 when an explicit poster he designed was inserted into the album sleeve for The Dead Kennedys’ ‘Frankenchrist’ album.

A poster inserted into the album sleeve of The Dead Kennedys’ LP Frankenchrist attracted attention when it became the subject of a court case. Complaints about the depiction of genitalia on the poster resulted in the band’s vocalist Eric Reed Boucher, aka Jello Biafra, being tried for distributing harmful material to minors. The case was dismissed.

Other artists who used Giger’s nightmarish “biomechanical” work include Danzig, Carcass and Triptykon. He was also the man who created Korn singer Jonathan Davis’ microphone stand. The stand is titled ‘The Bitch’ and has been used by Davis since 2002.

More recently, Giger was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside fellow inductees, David Bowie and JRR Tolkien.