Dr. Fredric Brandt, 65, the dermatologist to whom dozens of celebrities — including Madonna and Stephanie Seymour — attribute their youthful glow, died on Sunday at his home in Coral Gables, FL.
A rep for Dr. Brandt confirmed to Fashionista, Monday morning, that he passed away from a "sudden death." Lesley Abravanel, a nightlife columnist at the Miami Herald, tweeted early on Sunday that the famed derm had been suffering from depression. According to Abravanel's sources, he was "devastated" about his apparent portrayal as Manhattan-based dermatologist Dr. Franff (played by Martin Short) in Tina Fey's Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Beauty writer Joan Kron confirmed that he was upset about the show in an obituary over at Allure.
Dr. Brandt pioneered the use of Botox and fillers, and launched a line of skincare 15 years ago that is widely credited with kicking off the dermatologist-backed skincare trend. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Brandt was beloved by the beauty community for his sense of humor and kindness, and many took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness. He was definitely one-of-a-kind, and his death is a loss to the field of dermatology.
UPDATE: According to the Post, Miami police confirmed that Dr. Brandt's death was "a suicide by hanging." Jacquie Tractenburg, Dr. Brandt's publicist, told the paper, "The show ['Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'] deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. It was mean, and it was bullying. But the show was not the reason . . . he would take his own life. He was suffering from depression, and it is so sad, because he was beloved by so many people.”