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The dematologist was found dead in his Coconut Grove, Florida, home on Sunday

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April 06, 2015 12:20 PM

Dr. Fredric Brandt will be remembered not only as a pioneer in the beauty field, but as a “lovely, kind and funny person who loved to talk about fashion and art,” a source tells PEOPLE.

The dermatologist to the stars, who counted Madonna, Kelly Ripa and model Stephanie Seymour among his patients, died Sunday from “a sudden death at his home,” Susan Biegacz of Tractenberg and Co., told PEOPLE. He was just 65.

“I last saw Dr. B about two months ago,” the source adds. “He was in great spirits, showing off his latest score from Barneys, while sharing his excitement over the success of his new product Needles No More.

“He told me that he read every single comment about his products online and was thrilled every time someone raved about the results.”

But he was also disappointed when he read negative reviews. The source says Brandt would stay up late at night reading the comments left on his products, which are sold at Sephora. If he saw a negative one, he wished he could speak to the person who wrote it, if only to learn how he could help them.

Born in 1949, Brandt was always “fascinated by the way things worked,” according to his obituary supplied by Biegacz. He spent hours taking things apart and putting them back together again “to make them more aesthetically pleasing.”

Brandt opened his own practice in 1982. He was an early champion of Botox – indeed, “W Magazine dubbed him ‘The Baron of Botox,’ as he had more experience using [the injectable] in his practice than any other physician in the world,” his obituary reads.

“He was meticulous in his techniques, which is why so many celebs, socialites and beauty editors were patients,” the source tells PEOPLE.

“His mission was to make people feel more beautiful and he accomplished it every day,” the source says. “He will be missed.”

Celebrity Dermatologist Fredric Brandt Found Dead in His Home

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