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.
His assistant reportedly administered Narcan in an unsuccessful attempt to revive him. However, Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner's Office, told USA TODAY that her agency is investigating the death of a man believed to be Shields, adding that it would release the cause and manner of his death once the autopsy has been completed.
Dennis Shields, the ex-boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, has died of an apparent overdose.
The Medical Examiner's office is now investigating Shields' cause of death.
We're told the NY medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, although it is believed drugs were involved. "We ask that the media respect out privacy during this time of loss".
Frankel, 47, began dating Shields in 2016, three years after she filed for divorce from Hoppy. News, "They gave each other a little bit of space and now they're back together having fun".
Bethenny has not yet addressed the news and is thought to be at her home in Bridgehampton. "I'm so sad for her.This saddens me to no end because it seems to be never-ending for her".
In May, the reality TV star told Steve Harvey that their relationship was complicated, according to People. She explained that if they weren't "being teammates and it's not working, and one man is down, then the other man is down". "So both partners have to say, 'All right, I'm in it for this", said Frankel.