Real Housewives star found dead at 51 of suspected overdose

Real Housewives star found dead at 51 of suspected overdose

Heartbreaking news struck today when Dennis Shields, Bethenny Frankel's ex-boyfriend, was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment.

Dennis has been featured on The Real Housewives of NY minimally this season, but his name has been a mainstay on the show since he and Bethenny began dating in 2016.

Police told TMZ they received a call around 9 a.m.to check on an unresponsive man in an apartment in Trump Tower. (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.

The two had been dating for 2 years but had known each other for almost 30 and reportedly remained close.

Dennis Shields, the ex-boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, has died of an apparent overdose.

"We will release cause and manner of death when completed", Aja Worthy-Davis, executive director for public affairs at the OCME, said in a statement. "Please respect our family's privacy at this time".

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Shields, the CEO of litigation funding company LawCash, has long had a close and complex relationship with Frankel, who has a daughter, Bryn, 8, with her ex-husband Jason Hoppy.

When the pair first started dating, "RHONY" cast member Luann de Lesseps criticized their relationship during the Season 8 reunion, telling Frankel: "Everybody knows that you're going out with a married man!"

Frankel has not commented on his passing.

She called her relationship with Shields, a NY banker, complicated during an interview with Steve Harvey in May.

Frankel and Shields appeared together on Bravo's "Real Housewives". 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". If the world came to an end, I would be able to pay for everything. If both people aren't happy about it but slightly uncomfortable and giving up something or giving in [to] something, it doesn't work.

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