The comics artist passed away March 10th 2012 at the age of 73. He is well known in his collaborations in film, having provided concepts to movies like Alien, Tron, and The Fifth Element. His work has also been influential to others as well. His work, Arzach was influential to Hayao Miyazaki while working on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and The Long Tomorrow was a key reference for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
CSIRO researchers have named an Australian horse fly (Scaptia beyonceae) after the bootylicious Beyoncé. As Brian Lessard put it, “It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen that led me to name this fly in honour of the performer Beyoncé as well as giving me the chance to demonstrate the fun side of taxonomy – the naming of species,”.