‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star Bethenny Frankel’s on-again, off-again boyfriend was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment on Friday.
It appears he died of a suspected overdose.
Dennis Shields had asked his assistant to administer Narcan around 9 a.m., 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.
Sources said he overdosed on the powerful painkiller OxyContin.
Shields was the CEO of LawCash, a Brooklyn-based firm that bankrolls questionable lawsuits against the city — and charges plaintiffs exorbitant interest fees for cash advances on their settlements.
Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016 but have been friends for years. The Skinnygirl mogul went to high school with Shield’s ex-wife, Jill Schwartzberg.
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.”
Reps for Frankel didn’t return messages.