Dermatologist To The Stars Hangs Himself After Being Parodied by Martin Short
The well-known dermatologist to the stars Dr. Fredric Brant tragically committed suicide only a couple weeks ago. According to his longtime spokeswomen, at the time of his death Dr. Brant was “deeply hurt” by Tina Fey’s Netflix show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Although, his spokeswomen made it clear that his hard feelings towards the comedian and producer were not the cause of his death.
65-year-old Dr. Brandt was found dead in his Miami home on Sunday April 5. He was a well-known dermatologist to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Madonna and Stephanie Seymour.
After watching the entire season 1 of “Unbreakable,” I clearly recall the character of Dr. Franff, played by Martin Short. I am sure most people had no idea who the over-the-top doctor portrayed, if anyone at all. But Brandt saw right through the outlandish character and it hurt. He may have led a glamorous life full of designer gear and celebrity Botox, but he still had human feelings like the rest of us.
The doctor’s publicist, Jacquie Trachtenberg, said, “The show definitely deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. It is mean, and it was bullying. But the show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.”
The New York Times profiled the talented doctor in 2014, in which he said, “I approach each face with a visual perception, an artistic perception and a medical perception…. I’ve been kind of a pioneer in pushing the limits to see how things work and what the look would be. Would I change anything I’ve done? I might not have used as much Botox, because you don’t want to look quite as frozen.”
Brandt started his business in Miami back in 1982, and in 1998 he expanded to New York City as well. In 2001, Brandt released his popular skin care line.
The famous dermatologist was also a dog lover with three of his own, Benji, Durya, and Tyler.
According to US magazine his obituary read, “He loved singing show tunes and creating raps while he worked, keeping his patients happy and laughing while they were being injected with needles. It was impossible to walk out of his office without a smile on your face, feeling rejuvenated inside and out.”
Do you think Tiny Fey should feel bad for creating the character of Dr. Franff? Or, is all fair in love, war and comedy?