Dr. Layne Nisenbaum, Palm Beach society’s favored dermatologist, has died of liver failure while waiting for a transplant.
In his successful Palm Beach practice, Nisenbaum, 53, elevated making 90-year-old women look 60 with little or no surgery into an art form.
Although Nisenbaum and Foley had been partners for 28 years, they kept their relationship a secret from national audiences until Republican stalwart Foley‘s fall from grace in 2006 – when his blue text messages to young pages forced Foley to resign his seat and announce his homosexuality.
“Layne was my most solid supporter through that ordeal,” Foley told Gossip Extra. “He came to see me in Arizona (where Foley was in rehab after the fallout of the text messages) every weekend.
“At one point, he asked me if I was coming home. I told him I would if he’d have me, and he said: ‘Of course.’”
He’d been suffering from a rare form of cirrhosis of the liver and was on a transplant list. However, Foley said, even if he had received an organ, he may have been too weak to live.
“He’d lost so much weight that it wouldn’t have saved him,” Foley said.
Foley and Nisenbaum lived together in the doctor’s $3 million-home on Cherry Lane. The garden, Foley said, was Nisenbaum’s pride and joy.
“This man had more orchids than anyone I know,” Foley said. “He’d buy 30 or 40 at a time and planted them in the back. He was a true artist in everything he did.”