Boyfriend of ‘Real Housewives’ Bethenny Frankel found dead in Trump Tower

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel walking in Manhattan

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel walking in Manhattan

Dennis Shields attended a Hamptons party with Frankel this season on RHONY and mingled with Dorinda and John.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of NY spokesperson told E!

Bethenny Frankel's on-and-off again boyfriend, Dennis Shields, was found dead on Friday, ET can confirm. TMZ sources say that the cause of death is thought to be an Oxycodone overdose.

A representative for the New York Police Department confirmed to HuffPost that there was a medical emergency at an address in Trump Tower, where Shields had an apartment, around 9 a.m., but would not release the identity of the victim.

Dennis is said to have lost consciousness before the medication and was pronounced dead "a short time later".

Shields had recently spoken to tv host Steve Harvey to say that his relationship with Frankel was sometimes hard.

He and Frankel began dating in 2016, but endured a number of ups and downs, and in May, The Real Housewives of New York City regular admitted the relationship was complicated.

Sheilds' wife Jill issued a statement to People, in which she said: "We are all heartbroken".

Dennis Shields, left, appears with Bethenny Frankel in a scene from the "Real Housewives of New York City".

She added that they were trying to be good teammates and partners, and she thinks that relationships are "a little bit like a business".

"I've been with someone on and off for years", she shared. "Please respect our family's privacy at this time". If both people aren't happy about it but slightly uncomfortable and giving up something or giving in (to) something, it doesn't work.

Bethenny recently commented on RHONY that she was taking a break from her relationship from Dennis, but still loved him.

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