- Sandra Lee, MD (a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper) paid tribute on her latest episode to a former patient who recently passed away.
- Kevin Olaeta, 31, came to see Dr. Pimple Popper during season four of her show for a large cyst on his jawline.
- Kevin passed away "peacefully but unexpectedly" on May 18, 2019.
It's very clear throughout the episodes of Dr. Pimple Popper on TLC and her social media videos, that dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, cares for each and every patient she sees. Her fans frequently compliment her bedside manner, but her compassion extends beyond a patient's office visit.
In season four episode five of Dr. Pimple Popper , the dermatologist paid special tribute to a patient who passed away after filming. The man, Kevin Olaeta, passed away on May 18, 2019 at 31 years old. He died not long after filming his visit with Dr. Pimple Popper . Kevin came to see the dermatologist for a large lump on his jawline that he described as a "lady deterrent."
During his initial consultation, Dr. Pimple Popper is optimistic she'll be able to remove the lump. She's confident the lump is a cyst, however it is located near nerves so the surgery could be more complicated. "Along the jawline it's sort of like a landmine, you need to avoid all these little nerves and muscles and blood vessels that are really important to create movements in the face," she explains.
Dr. Pimple Popper did successfully remove the cyst, and shared the before-and-after photos in a tribute Instagram post. She wrote in the caption: "I found out months after our taping that Kevin had passed away unexpectedly. Love and strength to his family and friends esp his father "
The episode credits included the tribute "In Loving Memory of Kevin Olaeta 1988-2019." Kevin "passed away peacefully but unexpectedly," according to his obituary . He attended Petaluma High and Musicians Institute of Hollywood, where he learned guitar craft. Kevin was passionate about music and supported local bands, attending concerts at the Phoenix Theater. His other interests included working on his motorcycles and car and in his father's electrician business. "Clients and friends were drawn to his cheerful, friendly personality."
Thoughts go out to Kevin's friends, family, and fans.