In April, dermatologist to the stars Dr. Frederic Brandt hanged himself in his Miami mansion's garage. His publicist was quick to fault the Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, saying the show's overly Botoxed-celebrity dermatologist character Dr. Grant "definitely deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. It is mean, and it was bullying."

However, the publicist did add, "The show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.”

Writer Lili Anolik, whose dermatologist husband Rob worked for Dr. Brandt, offers some new insights into Brandt's life and death in the new issue of Vanity Fair. Anolik notes that Brandt's appearance and desire to be famous made him a target—she explains, "Fred had heard rumors that there was a show with a character who resembled him, but didn’t realize how unflattering the likeness was until Page Six ran a story on March 23, two weeks before he killed himself. That night Fred sent Rob a text: 'Did u see page 6 I’m so upset I’m a freak.'"

Anolik doesn't think the show alone drove him to suicide, "For what it's worth, I think the idea is loony. If the show did, in fact, push him over the edge, that could only be because he had one foot and four toes curled over it already."

[A]nyway, deep down, Fred’s friends understand that the blame game is a fool’s game because to play is to lose. Sooner or later the finger’s going to swing around, point right back at them. Why weren’t they there for Fred in his moment of need? Why hadn’t they heeded the warning signs? The self-recrimination will be painful enough. Only it’ll get worse. See, it’s not on themselves that the finger will finally settle. It’s on Fred. He isn’t, after all, just the victim of this crime; he’s the perpetrator as well. It was he who made the decision to sneak off to the garage—people were in the house watching him, no posts were abandoned—not to reach out to any of his friends. Fred murdered Fred. And who wants to be angry at Fred? How unbearably sad to be angry at Fred.

Days after his death, a friend revealed that Brandt had been seeing a psychiatrist daily and was on "suicide watch" at the time of his death.

Martin Short, who played Dr. Grant (or Dr. Franff) in Kimmy Schmidt, said after Brandt's death, "I think you should try to be aware and try to be sensitive. You don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings," but on the other hand, actors and writers can't make someone's feeling stop them, "Did ‘Barbara Wawa’ — Gilda doing ‘Barbara Wawa’ [on Saturday Night Live] — offend Barbara Walters? I think she has said at one point it did. However she never acknowledged that she shouldn’t have done it. So that’s really what it is."

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.