REAL Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel’s on-again, off-again boyfriend has been found dead in his Trump Tower pad of a suspected overdose.
The New York Post reports that Dennis Shields had asked his assistant to administer Narcan around 9am, believing he was overdosing on prescription pills, sources said.
But the 51-year-old lost consciousness before the medication, used to reverse opioid overdoses, kicked in.
He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016.
In May, the reality TV star told Steve Harvey that their relationship was complicated, according to People.
“I’ve been with someone on and off for years,” she said. “It’s like a partnership where if we’re not being teammates and it’s not working and one man is down, then the other man is down. We’re trying to really kind of be good partners and be good teammates and I think relationships oddly are — and this sounds cold — but a little bit like business.”
A number of Frankel’s cast mates are sadly widows.
Carole Radziwill was married to fellow ABC News producer Anthony Radziwill, who was Jackie Kennedy’s nephew. He was also John F Kennedy Jr’s best friend and cousin.
Dorinda Medley’s husband, Richard, died of liver failure in 2011.
Original cast member, Jill Zarin, also recently lost her husband Bobby to cancer in January.
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This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission
Originally published as Reality star’s on-off boyfriend found dead