The beauty industry, and beauty buffs alike, are mourning the loss of world-renowned dermatologist Fredric Brandt.
WWD reports that Brandt was found dead in his home in Coral Gables, Florida on Sunday. He was 65 years old.
Brandt's publicist, Jacquie Trachtenberg, told Page Six that the doctor "was suffering from an illness," though specifics remain unclear. On Monday, the Miami police confirmed that cause of death was suicide.The Huffington Post reached out to Trachtenberg for further comment and received a statement that reads, in part:
In all ways, Dr. Brandt was a tremendous presence in the beauty industry, a man who was incomparably skilled as a doctor but equally caring and generous as a human being. 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.
Brandt was one of the most famous dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons to the stars, counting celebrities including Kelly Ripa, Madonna and Stephanie Seymour as clients and friends. In addition, the New Jersey native was at the helm of his eponymous luxury skincare line.
Condolences have been pouring in via social media since the sad news broke:
My heart is breaking for the loss of Dr. Fredric Brandt. My friend. You will be missed forever and in my heart even longer.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) April 6, 2015
Dr. Brandt was one of the sweetest, nicest, most generous people I have had the good fortune to meet & work with. He will be sorely missed.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) April 6, 2015
I'm so sad... RIP my dear friend Dr Brandt: you were truly one of a kind. We will miss you.
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) April 6, 2015
RIP Dr Brandt 💉 #EndOfAnEra
— Chris Benz (@cmbenz) April 6, 2015
Dr. Fredric Brandt was kind, cool, brilliant, generous, funny and always but always a joyful breath of fresh air. He will be forever missed.
— erinflaherty (@erinflaherty) April 6, 2015
So sad to hear about #DrBrandt death. A friend as well as my Doc. A very talented man, but more importantly, a beautiful soul. RIP my friend
— Joanna Mosca (@joannamosca) April 6, 2015
Pouring out some XYY cream in his honor. #drbrandt
— Amber Katz (@Glambr) April 5, 2015
UPDATE: This post has been updated with a cause of death and an excerpt from an official statement via Dr. Brandt's publicist.