Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Bethenny Frankel’s On-And-Off Again Boyfriend, Dennis Shields, Found Dead

Bethenny Frankel’s On-And-Off Again Boyfriend, Dennis Shields, Found Dead

Dennis Shields, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel, was found dead in his Trump Tower home Friday, the New York City Police Department confirmed to CBS News. News that police were called to Shields' apartment on Friday morning and discovered him unconscious.

He had asked his 29-year-old assistant to administer Narcan - used to reverse an opioid OD - around 9 a.m., but it was too late.

Frankel and Shields were longtime friends before starting a relationship a couple of years ago.

Dennis Shields, 51, was once linked to Frankel.

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The Medical Examiner's office is now investigating Shields' cause of death.

The NYPD spokesperson told People: "Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose". Cause of death is yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing. "His spirit lives on in our children".

Now that RHONY is coming to a close, and with the reunion already having been filmed, we won't be witnessing Bethenny's reaction to the news on Bravo this season. "Please respect our family's privacy at this time".

Before entering into a relationship following Frankel's contentious divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, the two knew each other for almost 30 years.

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According to reports, while some of the residents only learned on the blaze on television, Shields got a personal call from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen telling him to get out. has contacted a representative for Bethenny Frankel asking for comment.

In May, she appeared on Steve Harvey's talk show, where she talked about the status of their relationship.

"I've been with someone on and off for years", she shared.

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She added that they were trying to be good teammates and partners, and she thinks that relationships are "a little bit like a business".

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