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'Alien' designer HR Giger dies, aged 74

A detail from the 'Birthing Machine' sculpture on display at the HR Giger Museum. Credit: Fredrik Von Erichsen/DPA/Press Association Images

Swiss surrealist artist HR Giger - famed for designing the revolutionary sci-fi sets for the film 'Alien' - has died, aged 74.

Giger, the son of a chemist, was born Hans Rudolf in the eastern Swiss town of Chur in 1940. He died on Monday from injuries he obtained after suffering a fall, it has been reported.

Famous for creating the otherworldly creature in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror film 'Alien', Giger was awarded an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects in 1980.

H.R. Giger, right, poses with model Anneka Vasta in 1980. Credit: Associated Press

Having studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger's work explores the relationship between the human body and the machine, and he created nightmarish dreamscapes in a style he described as "biomechanical."

In 1998, he opened his own museum in Gruyeres in central Switzerland, which displays many of his own paintings, sculptures and film designs as well as his private art collection, including works by Salvador Dali.

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