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Christie Brinkley Breaks Silence Over Dr. Federic Brandt's Suicide

by Antoinette Bueno 1:55 PM PDT, April 07, 2015
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Christie Brinkley is weighing in on the shocking suicide of celebrity dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt.

Brandt, who was 65, had been dealing with depression "for some time," his publicist Susan Biegacz told the New York Times on Monday. She also said he had recently been "devastated" by what is believed to be a parody of him on Tina Fey's Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which Martin Short plays plastic surgeon Dr. Sidney Grant. Short's features in the show are thought to be an exaggerated version of Brandt's.

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Brinkley says she knew Brandt, and in an Instagram post on Tuesday, the 61-year-old supermodel denounced "bullying."

"I knew the very sweet, cheerful innovater Dr. Fredric Brandt not well or for long but I know he dedicated his life to helping people feel beautiful and good about themselves," she wrote. "Yet I read in the paper that people made him feel so bad about himself that he took his own life. This breaks my heart. Bullying breaks my heart."

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"There were certain areas that simply were not fair game back in the day ... Physical appearance, a person challenged in some way," she also pointed out. "We all want and need to laugh in this crazy world but let's never let that laugh be at the expense of a life. #RIPDr.Brandt #intheendonlykindnessmatters."

I've said it before but I'll say it again Parrot Cay is. A place where Heaven touches the Earth and while I believe its up to us to find beauty and something to be grateful for no matter where you are it sure is easy to count my many blessing here.. Starting today with all of YOU .. Just reading thru many kind comments restores my faith in humanity ..after all regardless of your faith if we are not loving and supportive kind and compassionate with each other then we are letting every religion down. I knew the very sweet , cheerful innovater Dr. Frederick Brandt not well or for long but i know he dedicated his life to helping people feel beautiful and good about themselves.. Yet I read in the paper that people made him feel so bad about himself that he took his own life.this breaks my heart. Bullying breaks my heart. I know I am speaking to a chorus of super kind and compassionate people here because Ive read your sweetness in your words but lets all promise each other to try to be brave and stand up to bullying. There were certain areas that simply were not fair game back in the day .. Physical appearance, a person challenged in some way... We had a President who had polio the press allowed him to not reveal that if he was not comfortable with that. We need to redefine our boundaries of whats acceptable .. We all want and need to laugh in this crazy world but lets never let that laugh be at the expense of a life. #RIPDr.Brandt #intheendonlykindnessmatters

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Fey has not commented on Brandt's death, but her husband Jeff Richmond -- who is an executive producer and the music composer on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt -- told Daily Mail Online that he was saddened by the tragedy.

"That's very sad," Richmond said on Tuesday near their home in New York City's Upper West Side. "I don't know anything about it. I just got home. Tina might know, I don't. She's not home."

Brandt's celebrity clientele included such A-listers as Madonna and Kelly Ripa.

Ripa mourned the loss of her friend on Monday, tweeting, "My heart is breaking for the loss of Dr. Fredric Brandt. My friend. You will be missed forever and in my heart even longer."

VIDEO: Dr. Fredric Brandt, Celebrity Dermatologist, Dies at 65

Watch the video for more on the shocking death of Dr. Brandt.

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