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Ousted skincare founder Brandon Truaxe has been found dead at 40 following concerns over his drinking and troubling Instagram posts.
Acting Deciem CEO Nicola Kilner confirmed the news in an email to staff, writing: 'I can't believe I am typing these words'.
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She called Truaxe a 'genius', adding: 'I can't believe I am typing these words. Brandon has passed away over the weekend. Heartbroken doesn't come close to how I, and how I know many of you will be feeling.'
Kilner confirmed all offices, warehouses, factories and stores were closed Monday, Vox reports.
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She added: 'Take the time to cry with sadness, smile at the good times we had, reflect on what his genius built and hug your loved ones that little harder.
'We are all in disbelief and shock but I will be in touch again very soon. I love you all incredibly much, as did he.'
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Truaxe founded Deciem, parent company of The Ordinary, in Canada in 2013 but after displaying increasingly erratic behavior on social media he was ousted from the company.
He announced he was taking over Deciem's social media accounts, only to share a series of bizarre updates.
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