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Dermatologist to the stars Dr. Brandt found dead

By Germaine Benson
Dr. Fredric Sheldon Brandt is an American physician, researcher, lecturer and author. He specialized in skin care, with his areas of expertise including research, treatment and diagnosis of all issues concerning dermatology. Photo by Apoorvaphale/CC
Dr. Fredric Sheldon Brandt is an American physician, researcher, lecturer and author. He specialized in skin care, with his areas of expertise including research, treatment and diagnosis of all issues concerning dermatology. Photo by Apoorvaphale/CC

MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- Over the weekend, famous doctor and skin care expert, Fredric Brandt, was found dead by his housekeeper in his Miami home.

A spokesman for the Miami Police Department told People magazine Brandt's death has been determined as a suicide. He was 65.

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His publicist, Jacquie Trachtenberg, told the New York Post that his death came after an illness and later confirmed that he suffered from depression.

"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," said Trachtenberg.

Lesley Abravanel, a South Florida columnist for the Miami Herald, reported that Brandt was 'devastated' over the way he was mocked on Tina Fey's new show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, that premiered on Netflix last month.

Brandt was a sought after cosmetic dermatologist who worked with an array of celebrity clientele, including Madonna and Stephanie Seymour. He opened his first office in Miami and later expanded his practice to Manhattan in 1998.

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