Prominent cosmetic dermatologist Fredric Brandt, who worked with numerous Hollywood celebrities during his career, was found dead Sunday in his Miami mansion, the Daily Mail reported. Brandt, rumored to have been the inspiration for a character on Netflix’s hit new show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” was 65.
Brandt’s publicist Jacquie Tractenberg said her client had been “suffering from an illness,” but refused to disclose any further information regarding his death.
An autopsy will be conducted on Brandt’s body Monday, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department said in a statement.
Last month, a New York Post article compared Brandt to the fictional Dr. Sidney Grant, pronounced “Franff,” on Tina Fey’s smash Netflix hit “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Starring Martin Short, Grant, like the real-life Brandt, is enamored with cosmetic surgery, and sports a head of white-blond hair, puffy lips, and almost silky-smooth skin.
Following Brandt’s death, columnist Lesley Abravanel tweeted that sources familiar with the cosmetic dermatologist asserted he was “devastated” by comparisons to the fictional Dr. Grant. She later tweeted that Brandt had likely suffered from depression.
Brandt, who identified as Jewish, was born in Newark, New Jersey, and obtained his medical degree from Drexel University. He later completed an internal residency at New York University, followed by a dermatology residency at the University of Miami.
Brandt was one of the first cosmetic dermatologists to use Botox and fillers in treating his patients, who included Madonna, actress Jane Holzer, model Stephanie Seymour, and hairstylist Oribe Canales. His Dermatology Research Institute, located in Miami, spearheaded efforts to receive FDA approval for a large number of new fillers, botulinum toxins, lasers, and cosmetic ingredients.