Bethenny Frankel, The Real Housewives of New York star, has finally broken silence on boyfriend Dennis Shields’ death.
She took to Instagram to post a photo of him lying down with her dog, writing, “Rest in peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever.”
The 51-year-old was found dead at his Trump Tower residence, and was suspected to have overdosed. The banker asked his assistant to give him Narcan, which is used to alleviate the effects of a narcotics overdose. He passed out before the medication could take effect and was later pronounced dead.
Frankel and Shields started dating in 2016, three years after her divorce. They originally met 28 years ago when Shields met Frankel’s high school friend Jill. The couple were on and off, splitting up and getting back together many times, and much of their relationship was documented on The Real Housewives of New York (RHNY), on which stars Frankel.
Just days before Bethenny Frankel’s boyfriend Dennis Shields was found dead, the star was heard admitting that she ‘could never marry him’.
A source told People, “Bethenny and her daughter Bryn love Dennis and his family and they have been a support system during her negative divorce and a positive influence in Bryn’s life. They had a 27-year friendship before they dated so they picked that up where they left off once they realized they didn’t work as a couple. Her daughter adores him and his family, and she comes first above all.”
However, one of her friends said that on this Wednesday’s episode of RHNY, Frankel admitted that Shields was not the one for Frankel.
The source said, “She said, ‘I love him, but I could never marry him.”
In contrast, Shields said about Frankel on last Sunday’s episode of Listen Up Show with Mitchell Chadrow, “She’s great. She’s a great mother. She is terrific in every way. But we do break up a lot.”
His ex-wife and Frankel’s old friend Jill said in a statement to People, “We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”
It will be a few weeks before toxicology reports can confirm whether Shield’s death was the result of an opioid overdose.