Dennis Shields, the on-and-off again boyfriend of reality star and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, has died in Trump Tower.
The cause of death was a suspected drug overdose. Frankel is a star on the Real Housewives of New York City reality television program. Dennis Shields was found dead in Trump Tower, where he had an apartment, according to The New York Post.
Frankel was vacationing in the Hamptons when Shields died and had even posted on Instagram that morning, seemingly oblivious to what had happened.
Here’s what you need to know:
Dennis Shields Died From a Prescription Pill Overdose, Reports Say
The New York Post broke the news of Dennis Shields’ death and described a frantic attempt by Shields to save his own life. Shields, worried he was suffering from a prescription pill overdose, asked his assistant to give him Narcan on the morning of August 10, 2018, The Post reported, citing sources.
However, reported The Post, Shields, 51, “lost consciousness” before the Narcan could work and died. Narcan is a medication that is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.
Daily Mail reports that he may have died of cardiac arrest as a result of the OD.
The exact prescription drug involved was not clear in the New York Post story; however, TMZ, which also confirmed the death of Dennis Shields, reported that he may have ingested oxycodone. According to TMZ, law enforcement received a call for an unresponsive person around 9 a.m. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death, according to TMZ.
Police had not formally confirmed Dennis Shields’ death pending notification of his next of kin.
Dennis Shields & Bethenny Frankel Had a Complicated Relationship
In May 2018, Frankel opened up about the relationship in an interview with Steve Harvey, as reported in People Magazine. She said that they’d met decades before when Dennis Shields dated her high school friend (and later married her), according to People.
Years later, when Shields separated from his wife, he and Frankel started dating, People reported. They started dating in 2016, and the SkinnyGirl founder told People: “I’ve been with someone on and off for years,” she said. “It’s like a partnership where if we’re not being teammates and it’s not working and one man is down, then the other man is down. We’re trying to really kind of be good partners and be good teammates and I think relationships oddly are — and this sounds cold — but a little bit like business.”
Shields left behind four children. His estranged wife Jill told Daily Mail: “We are all heartbroken. Dennis was and always will be the love of my life.”
The current state of Bethenny Frankel’s relationship with Dennis Shields was not clear, however. According to TMZ, Frankel and Shields broke up and made up many times over the years.
However, Shields was reportedly a source of strength to Frankel and her young daughter during her divorce, People Magazine previously reported. Fans offered support for Bethenny and her daughter on Twitter as news of Shields’ death broke.
Dennis Shields worked in the banking industry. On LinkedIn, he described himself as “Serial entrepreneur in the specialty finance space. Philanthropist. Created the concept of and founded the only bank in the United States to understand and meet the needs of the trial bar. I have also written two novels published by Norlights Publishing. Broadway producer. Represented my country in sport, and appeared in a major motion picture directed by Steven Soderbergh.”