Dennis Shields Dead - Bethenny Frankel's Ex Boyfriend Dead of Apparent Overdose

Tabitha Dunn
August 11, 2018

Dennis Shields, 51, died Friday of a suspected OxyContin overdose, according to police sources.

"Real Housewives of New York City" star Bethenny Frankel's on-again-off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields was found dead on Friday in Trump Tower in New York City. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death although it appears to be an overdose, police said.

The New York Post reported that Shields' assistant found his boss unconscious at 9 a.m. and called 911 while using Narcan in an attempt to revive the business mogul. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Dennis took an unknown quantity of oxycodone Rx pills Thursday night.

"This is really bad".

"I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind", she said in a statement to PEOPLE.

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"He said, 'You better get out ASAP.' That's how I knew to get out, otherwise I'd still be in there", Shield recalled. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life.

Banker Dennis Shields has known Frankel for years but the pair only started dating in 2016. "His spirit lives on in our children. We ask that the media respect out privacy during this time of loss".

During a May TV appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, Bethenny opened up about her relationship with Dennis. Real Housewives of New York City co-stars Sonja Morgan, 54, and Carole Radziwill, 54, have been the only two co-stars (so far) to publicly speak up about the incident.

So far, Bethenny has yet to comment on the sad passing of her former boyfriend. She explained that if they weren't "being teammates and it's not working, and one man is down, then the other man is down".

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