Fredric Brandt, dermatologist to celebrities, found dead inside Miami mansion Brandt (seen with Kelly Ripa in 2011) died after an illness, according to his publicist. Dermatologist to the stars Fredric Brandt, whose patients included Madonna and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, was found dead Sunday at his Miami mansion. He was 65. Dr. Brandt’s publicist, Jacquie Tractenberg, would only say his death came after an illness. Miami Herald columnist Lesley Abravanel tweeted that sources told her the doctor’s illness was depression. Brandt was said to be “devastated” over comparisons to the character played by Martin Short in the Tina Fey-produced Netflix sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which debuted March 6, Abravanel tweeted. The Newark, N.J., raised Brandt had offices in Miami and Manhattan. Known as a wizard with a syringe, Brandt was famous for his “signature Y lifts” in which fillers such as Botox are injected below the cheekbone. “If I have nice skin, I owe a lot to him,” Madonna once said. Brandt opened an office in Manhattan in 1998 after founding a successful cosmetic dermatology practice in Miami. In a 2014 interview with the New York Times, Brandt admitted that he often used himself as a guinea pig to experiment with injections of fillers. “I’ve been kind of a pioneer in pushing the limits to see how things work and what the look would be,” Brandt said. “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.” Dr. Franff (Martin Short) bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Fredric Brandt in the Tina Fey-created comedy "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"