Dennis Shields Proposed To Bethenny Frankel Months Before His Passing

What could’ve been…

As we reported, Bethenny Frankel‘s on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields was found dead Friday in his apartment in Trump Tower.

According to The New York Post, the banker allegedly asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose, but lost consciousness before it could take effect. The Post‘s sources believe Shields was taking the prescription painkiller OxyContin.

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According to a People report published on Monday, the banker proposed to the Real Housewives of New York star months before his passing.

The Skinnygirl founder’s friend revealed:

“He proposed to her with a ring in April. She wasn’t wearing the ring… There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment. She loved him. He’s her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner.”

But how did she respond?

“She didn’t say no… She would have loved to have married him, but there were some hurdles to overcome first.”

One of those hurdles may have been the fact that Shields was still legally married to his estranged wife Jill.

Although it is unclear if Frankel and Shields were together before his death, “he loved her and she loved him.”

“She talked to him this past week. He loved her and she loved him… She would have loved to have married him, but they were still working through their issues. She wanted to make it work.”

On Monday, after Frankel posted a tribute to Shields on Instagram, past and current RHONY co-stars commented in support of the businesswoman.

Sonja Morgan wrote:

“Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo. Cookie is with Dennis now. So many are sending you love and prayers through this very painful time.”

Jill Zarin — who lost her husband Bobby in January of this year — commented:

“I never thought I would be sending you condolences for your soul mate. I never met Dennis but he seemed like he truly loved you unconditionally. Words won’t console you but time heals. Doesn’t erase but heals the soul.”

Additionally, RHOC star Vicki Gunvalson wrote:

“Oh Honey, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Peace be with you as you mourn.”

Former RHOC cast member Gretchen Rossi commented:

“Ahh breaks my heart sending love and hugs my friend”


R.I.P. Dennis. You will be missed.

[Image via WENN.]

Aug 13, 2018 10:21pm PST