Before he passed away, sources tell the outlet that Dennis asked his assistant to administer Narcan (a medication that reverses opioid drug overdoses) around 9 am, as he believed he was overdosing on prescription pills.
Businessman and banker Dennis Shields, the sometime boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, died Friday at age 51, according to NBC. "I've been with someone on and off for years", she said on Harvey's show, without identifying Shields by name.
It's unclear whether he and Frankel were now romantically involved, but Shields did appear on an April episode of the long-running reality TV show, which she tweeted about, while the two apparently dined together.
"In May, Frankel opened up about her on-again-off-again relationship status with Shields, telling People magazine: "[I've] been on and off in my relationship for so many years that I don't love to get too into it in public, not because I'm hiding anything, more so because I never know exactly where it is, because it's ever-shifting". "We're trying to really kind of be good partners and be good teammates and I think relationships oddly are - and this sounds cold - but a little bit like business".
Frankel and Shields knew each other for nearly three decades and began dating in 2016. "So both partners have to say, 'All right, I'm in it for this", said Frankel.More news: Transfer: Arsenal striker joins Jack Wilshere at West Ham
Shields was the chairman and founder of Esquire Bank and crowd funding company Yield Street.
Dennis' net worth is estimated to be over $11 million, according to The Net Worth.
"About four weeks ago, we were still together", Shields said. "His spirit lives on in our children. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this time of loss".
Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel.