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Tributes flood in as 'baron of botox' dies by suicide

He had several famous clients, including Madonna.

DR. FREDRIC BRANDT has died by suicide at the age of 65.

The dermatologist, who was dubbed the “baron of botox” by W Magazine, had a string of celebrity clients including Madonna.

Brandt was found dead at his home in Florida yesterday.

The news was followed by much speculation as to why Brandt ended his life, with the Miami Herald reporting he was “devastated” by Martin Short’s portrayal of an eccentric doctor said to be based on him on Netflix comedy ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’.

However, Brandt’s publicist Jacquie Trachtenberg said he did not take his own life because of the Tina Fey-penned series.

“The show didn’t help. It was mean. He felt bullied. It was mean-spirited picking at the way he looked for no reason at all. But he suffered from depression before that,” Trachtenberg said.

Fey has not publicly commented on Brandt’s death but her husband, an executive producer on Kimmy Schmidt, told the Daily Mail the news was “very sad“.

Brandt was the author of two books and developed a range of skincare products.

Several of his friends and colleagues have taken to Twitter to pay tribute:

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  • Samaritans 116 123 or email
  • Console  1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety)
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email - (suicide, self-harm)
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

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