May 13, 2014 11:11 AM EST

Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger Passes Away at 74

Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger Passes Away at 74
H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist who is known most for his creation of the iconic alien in Ridley Scott's "Alien", has died.  He was 74. According to his museum, Giger passed in a hospital on Monday after succumbing to injuries from a fall he took. 

Giger once said, "My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."

Beginning work in the 1960s, his career took off, and he eventually found himself in Hollywood, doing work as a set designer. He worked on such films as "Species," ''Poltergeist II," ''Dune," and of course, "Alien"m for which he won an Academy Award.  

He founded his museum in 1998 after purchasing the Chateau St. Germain in Gruyeres. 

No information is available yet about funeral arrangements. 
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