H.R Giger, the Oscar winning SFX maestro best known for designing the Xenomorph for Ridley Scott's Alien, has passed away at the age of 74.
According to news reports, the Swiss surrealist artist and set designer died from injuries suffered in a fall.
Giger, who was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2003, won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for his design work on the film Alien. His style, which he described as "biomechanical" explored the relationship and connections between man and machine and was characterized by its nightmarish, other-wordly imagery.
As well as terrifying a whole generation of people with his Alien creation, Giger also designed "The Derelict" spacecraft and the "Space Jockey", both of which made an appearance in Scott's Alien prequel-but-not-really-a-prequel, Promotheus. Giger also worked on Poltergeist II and Species as well as designing an unused Batmobile for Batman Forever.
But it will be his work on Alien that ensures Giger's place in the pantheon of great SFX artists - as well as ensuring many a sleepless night for those who ever lay eyes on his fearsome creation.