Celebrity Dermatologist Fredric Brandt May Have Been Hurt By His Portrayal On Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — But That Didn’t Cause Him To Reportedly Commit Suicide

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While it’s being widely speculated that Tina Fey‘s fictional character, Dr. Franff, from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt may have pushed celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt over the edge, a source close to the deceased doctor says otherwise.

While the whole situation is very upsetting, an insider revealed the famed medical professional had issues that ran deeper than being mocked on a TV series.

The source told People:

“He was depressed. Did the show upset him? Yes. It was a mean characterization. He was a human being, no one would like that. It was making fun of him for the way he looked and it was mean and it was bullying. It was an illness, he suffered from depression. He always seemed like the life of the party, he would sing and rap his way through the day.”

Although the so-called “Baron of Botox” was depressed, being made fun of publicly on such a popular show wasn’t helpful to his condition.

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They went on to explain:

“It wasn’t the only thing troubling him, it was just one factor. That definitely hurt him. He was absolutely upset, who would want that? But that was not why he committed suicide. But it didn’t help.”

The source continued to wonder why the Saturday Night Live alum thought it would be a good idea to mock the doctor of his looks:

“He was the nicest, kindest man alive, and they poke fun of him? Why? Because he looks different. Does Tina Fey teach her daughter to make fun of people? I don’t think so. As a mother, I wonder if that’s what she teaches her daughter. If someone looks different from you, do you make fun of them?”

What a tragedy.

[Image via Getty/Netflix.]

Apr 6, 2015 6:56pm PDT

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