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Surrounded by some 3,000 white orchids, Kelly Ripa took the stage at New York's Lincoln Center on Thursday to pay tribute to her friend and dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt at a memorial service.
The platinum blond doctor, once dubbed the "Baron of Botox," died on April 5 at age 65 in his in Coconut Grove, Florida. Police said the apparent cause was suicide. His official funeral was on Sunday in Miami.
"This is the saddest thing that I never thought I would have to do," Ripa, the last of 11 speakers, told the crowd, according to Women's Wear Daily.
"When I look out into this room I see so many beautiful faces and I realized that Fred is all around us," the outlet quoted the Live With Kelly and Michael co-host as saying. "He is with all of us now."