'RHONY' Star Bethenny Frankel's Ex BF Dennis Shields Dead Of Apparent Overdose

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"Killing time while waiting for a mammogram", Carole Radziwill, 54, tweeted on August 10, in what is now a very unfortunate word choice, considering that Bethenny Frankel " s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields, 51, would be found dead hours later.

Shields, who made frequent appearances on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City", on which Frankel stars, was reportedly found dead in his apartment in New York City of a suspected overdose.

According to Page Six, Shields thought he was overdosing on prescription pills, and asked an assistant to administer Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. News that Frankel is "heartbroken" by Shields' sudden death.

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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. It was Frankel's first relationship shown on the series after her divorce from Jason Hoppy.

Shields also praised Frankel for raising more than $60 million to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and continuing to help relief efforts there.

Frankel addressed their relationship in a May interview with Steve Harvey.

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Bethenny has yet to comment on Dennis' passing. Dennis was important to her, and her daughter.

"I've been with someone on and off for years", she said. "I just heard the sad news about Denis", she tweeted at 3:26 PM ET.

She added that they were trying to be good teammates and partners, and she thinks that relationships are "a little bit like a business". If both people aren't happy about it but slightly uncomfortable and giving up something or giving in [to] something, it doesn't work.

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