'Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel's sometime-boyfriend Dennis Shields dead of overdose

'Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel's sometime-boyfriend Dennis Shields dead of overdose

The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) said Friday in a statement it was investigating the death of a man who was "believed to be" Dennis Shields and that an investigation was ongoing.

A 51-year-old man died in his Trump Tower apartment this morning of a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said.

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. "Please respect our family's privacy at this time". His estimated net worth was around $11 million.

He graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in public relations and went on to make his living as a banker in New York City.

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 unbelievable".

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He was also the CEO of LawCash, a pre-settlement funding company.

In February, a source told PEOPLE the pair weren't together, but said Dennis was an important part of the RHONY star's life.

"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.

"We're trying to really kind of be good parents and good teammates and I think relationships oddly are - and this sounds cold - but a bit like business", she added.

Bethenny Frankel's boyfriend started the binge that killed him Thursday night and realized he was in trouble.

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