Tributes Mourn Loss of Visionary Artist H.R. Giger

PHOTO: In this June 29, 2007 file picture Swiss artist H.R. Giger poses with two of his works at the art museum in Chur, Switzerland.

Tributes poured in today for the late Swiss artist H.R. Giger, best known for designing the nightmarish creature in Ridley Scott's Gothic sci-fi thriller "Alien."

Giger, 74, died Monday after he was injured in a fall, the administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, told The Associated Press.

'Alien' Artist H.R. Giger Dies at 74

PHOTO: A costume made for the film Alien is displayed at the HR Giger Museum on May 13, 2014 in Gruyeres.
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PHOTO: A costume made for the film "Alien" is displayed at the HR Giger Museum on May 13, 2014 in Gruyeres.

Giger's admirers took to social media to express their condolences and to reflect on his visionary works, which influenced a generation of artists and filmmakers with his unique "biomechanical" aesthetic.

George Lucas' famed special effects studio Industrial Light & Magic also weighed in with a tribute.

PHOTO: A visitor faces a preparatory sketch for Alien movie at the HR Giger Museum on May 13, 2014 in Gruyeres.
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PHOTO: A visitor faces a preparatory sketch for "Alien" movie at the HR Giger Museum on May 13, 2014 in Gruyeres.

PHOTO: In this April 1980 file photo, Swiss artist H.R. Giger, right, poses with model Anneka Vasta at the opening of an exhibition in New York.
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PHOTO: In this April 1980 file photo, Swiss artist H.R. Giger, right, poses with model Anneka Vasta at the opening of an exhibition in New York.

PHOTO: In this 1995 file picture Swiss artist H.R. Giger is photographed at his house in Zurich, Switzerland.
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PHOTO: In this 1995 file picture Swiss artist H.R. Giger is photographed at his house in Zurich, Switzerland.

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