Der­ma­tol­o­gist Fredric Brandt found dead

The China Post - - LIFE - BY CURT AN­DER­SON

Pi­o­neer­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr. Fredric Brandt, an early pro­po­nent of Botox who was also an au­thor, ra­dio host and fre­quent tele­vi­sion talk show guest, has died. He was 65.

Miami po­lice spokes­woman Fred­er­ica Bur­den said Mon­day of­fi­cers found Brandt’s body at his home in the Co­conut Grove sec­tion of Miami about 9:15 a.m. Sun­day af­ter a friend con­tacted them. Bur­den said Brandt ap­par­ently hanged him­self and that foul play is not sus­pected. An au­topsy is planned, how­ever.

Brandt had of­fices in Coral Gables and New York and fa­mous pa­tients in­clud­ing singer Madonna. Ac­cord­ing to his pub­li­cists, he launched his Dr. Brandt Skin Care line in 2001 and wrote two suc­cess­ful skin care books.

For four years he hosted the “Ask Dr. Brandt” show on Sir­iusXM ra­dio, where his guests in­cluded celebri­ties such as Gwyneth Pal­trow and Kelly Ripa.

Brandt’s long­time pub­li­cist, Jac­quie Tracten­berg, said he had been suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. Re­cently, she said, he had been up­set by a thinly veiled por­trayal of him by ac­tor Martin Short on the Net­flix show, “Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt.”

“It def­i­nitely both­ered him.

It was a very mean por­trayal,” she said, but she added: “He didn’t kill him­self be­cause of that one par­tic­u­lar show.”

Fredric Brandt was born in 1949 in Ne­wark, New Jer­sey, grad­u­at­ing from Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity and earn­ing his med­i­cal de­gree from Drexel Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal School, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy. Dur­ing res­i­den­cies at New York Uni­ver­sity and Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Can­cer Cen­ter, he looked into sev­eral spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing on­col­ogy and car­di­ol­ogy but even­tu­ally de­cided to fo­cus on der­ma­tol­ogy.

He opened his Miami der­ma­tol­ogy prac­tice in 1982 and de­vel­oped an ex­per­tise in in­jectable sub­stances, in­clud­ing Botox. Much of his work in­volved run­ning clin­i­cal tri­als for many other der­ma­tol­ogy treat­ments. Brandt opened his New York prac­tice in 1998 and di­vided time be­tween the two cities.

Sarah Brown, beauty direc­tor at Vogue mag­a­zine, said in the of­fi­cial bi­og­ra­phy that Brandt was one of the na­tion’s lead­ing cos­metic der­ma­tol­o­gists who en­joyed trans­form­ing the way peo­ple looked and felt about them­selves.

“He un­der­stood the pow­er­ful role his work could play in en­hanc­ing a per­son’s self-con­fi­dence, and I think he took great plea­sure in that gift,” she said.


In this May 13, 2009 file photo, Dr. Fredric Brandt ar­rives at the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala in New York.

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