Celebrity dermatologist Fredric Brandt dies at age 65
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Famous dermatologist Frederic Brandt has passed away at the age of 65 and was found dead at his Miami home on Sunday. In his profession he was known as one of the top dermatologists working in Hollywood. He had A-list stars like Madonna and Stephanie Seymour on a long list of celebrity patients.
Brandt's publicist Jacquie Trachtenberg revealed the sad news to the New York Post 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".
It has emerged that Brandt seems to be the inspiration behind the character Dr Franff in Tina Fey's comedy show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Those close to him revealed that he was not at all happy with this comparison with journalist Lesley Abravanel saying he was "devastated" by being taken off in such a fashion by the character played by Martin Short.
This was confirmed by Trachtenberg "The show definitely deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks". It is rumoured that the illness he had suffered with was depression but this is thought to be unconnected in anyway to his feelings about the character of Dr Franff.