Dennis Shields is dead at the age of 51.
The New York banker, who had become more well known over the past couple years as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, was found dead Friday in his apartment in Trump Tower.
According to The New York Post, it seems Shields asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, but lost consciousness before it could take effect. (You may recall Demi Lovato was administered the drug during her reported overdose.) The Post‘s sources believe Shields was taking the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
First responders arrived shortly, and EMS pronounced him dead on the scene.
Dennis’ estranged wife, Jill Shields, confirmed the loss to People, saying:
“We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”
As for his sometime relationship with Bethenny, it seems that was off.
She shared a video of him on social media as recently as May, but on Wednesday night’s Real Housewives of New York, filmed weeks earlier, the Skinny Girl founder had explained:
“I didn’t say it to Dennis, but in my own mind, I said, ’90 days. I’m not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days.’ It’s a really hard thing to realize that someone you love, it doesn’t mean they’re the right person. And I wish he was.”
The two had been dating for 2 years but had known each other for nearly 30 and reportedly remained close.
Bethenny has not yet publicly commented.
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