Reporter: Doctor Found Dead Was Devastated by Martin Short Impersonation
According to the New York Post, Dr. Fredric Brandt—the celebrity dermatologist behind the many faces of Madonna and Stephanie Seymour—was found dead Sunday in his Miami home.
Brandt’s publicist, Jacquie Trachtenberg, confirmed his death to Page Six's Emily Smith, saying, “He passed away this morning. He was suffering from an illness. Everyone who knows him is devastated... I worked with him for over 20 years and he was an amazing man, not only was he a brilliant doctor, but he was the kindest human being.”
But a Miami Herald blogger says Brandt was also depressed and "devastated" by a Martin Short character thought to be based on him.
Sources: Dr Fredric Brandt was "devastated" over comparisons to the protagonist on Tina Fey’s new Netflix show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) April 5, 2015
Dr. Brandt's publicist says he was suffering from an "illness". Sources close say that illness was depression.— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) April 5, 2015
I just don't see it. RT @lesleyabravanel: "Friends..(say) he was devastated over..the character in @TheKimmySchmidt" pic.twitter.com/2PX7wT7Qyk— RB/DC (@rbrowndc) April 6, 2015
According to a New York Times profile published last year, Brandt freely admitted to testing new treatments out on himself.
And there is Dr. Brandt himself, who has experimented over the decades with self-administered injections of Botox and an array of fillers — Restylane, Perlane, Juvéderm, Voluma — as each new substance gained approval of the Food and Drug Administration and entered the marketplace. The result is a mask of serene immobility, a face with a creaseless brow, a square firm jawline, lips feminine in their puffy fullness. His skin is impressively smooth and so pale as to lend him a lunar aspect. Strangers often inquire, Dr. Brandt said, whether he is from Sweden.
“Actually,” he replies, “I’m a Jewish kid from Newark.”
When asked why he worked such late hours at his lucrative practice, he reportedly said, “I want people to feel they haven’t given up on life and are still in the game."
[Screenshot via Netflix; Image via Getty]