Dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt was said to be "devastated" by the unflattering character in Tina Fey's Netflix hit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, that was based off of him — but a new report reveals, it's not the reason behind his apparent suicide.
"He was depressed," the source told 'People.' "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."
Dr. Brandt (left) and the character, Dr. Franff (portrayed by Martin Short). (Photo Credit: Getty Images, Netflix)
The source went on to explain the 65-year-old had other personal issues going on, but the show certainly "didn't help" his mental state.
"He was the nicest, kindest man alive and they poke fun of him? Why? Because he looks different," the insider continued. "Does Tina Fey teach her daughter to poke 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?"
Neither the actress nor Netflix has made a public statement regarding the death.