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.
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.
RIP H. R. Giger. Thanks for all the nightmares.— LittleKuriboh (@yugiohtas) May 13, 2014
RIP H.R. Giger. His genuinely frightening designs were unmatched. And in 40+ years, a scarier film monster has yet to be created.— Steve Zaragoza (@stevezaragoza) May 13, 2014
George Lucas' famed special effects studio Industrial Light & Magic also weighed in with a tribute.