'Real Housewife' Bethenny Frankel's boyfriend found dead in Trump Tower

Bessie Dean
August 11, 2018

Dennis Shields was found dead Friday in Trump Tower from an apparent oxycodone OD.

The pair were linked again in 2017, with a source telling E!

"He was a loving father and friend. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this time of loss".

Frankel, a star of The Real Housewives of New York City, had known Shields, the CEO of LawCash, for about 30 years; she once tweeted that she went to high school with his ex-wife. This shade would, on its own, raise a few eyebrows, but considering that Bethenny's boyfriend's death would break later in the day, there's an extra layer of cringe added to all this.

The publication reported he asked his assistant to administer Narcan, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses, around 9am, believing he was overdosing on prescription pills.

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Police told Fox News a man was found dead in the midtown New York City tower, but they declined to confirm his identity or the cause of death.

The NYPD spokesperson told People: "Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose". His estimated net worth was around $11 million.

The 47-year-old SkinnyGirl mogul has largely kept her relationship with Shields private, but back in December 2016, the duo stepped out together for an event, in which Frankel told People magazine: "I love him, I care about him and he's wonderful".

"I have a daughter, I had a very hard divorce - I'm not legally divorced yet", Frankel added, referring to both her ex-husband Jason Hoppy and the former couple's 8-year-old daughter Bryn.

"About four weeks ago, we were still together", Shields said. After one fan said that Bethenny "needs like 12 prozac and a year long nap" because she acts like a child "who is well past their bedtime", Carole brought up "that PSA "It's 10pm, do you know where your children are?..."

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