Heartbreaking news struck today when Dennis Shields, Bethenny Frankel’s ex-boyfriend, was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment. Dennis’s death has been reported as a “suspected overdose,” although that fact has not been confirmed yet.
Dennis has been featured on The Real Housewives of New York minimally this season, but his name has been a mainstay on the show since he and Bethenny began dating in 2016.
Sources reported to the The New York Post that Dennis “had asked his assistant to administer Narcan around 9 a.m., believing he was overdosing on prescription pills.” The dose of Narcan, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, did not work before Dennis lost consciousness and, ultimately, died in his home.
Bethenny recently commented on RHONY that she was taking a break from her relationship from Dennis, but still loved him. Once calling him “the smartest person she’s ever met,” Bethenny seemed to maintain a close relationship with her ex even during their break ups.
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Now that RHONY is coming to a close, and with the reunion already having been filmed, we won’t be witnessing Bethenny’s reaction to the news on Bravo this season. Here’s hoping that – despite the rift that has gone down between Carole Radziwill, other New York Housewives, and Bethenny this season – her cast members will rally around her in the wake of this tragic news.
The real tragedy is, of course, Dennis’s untimely death. He leaves behind grown children and an ex-wife, who Bethenny used to be friends with as well.
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