Bethenny Frankel’s boyfriend Dennis Shields died at his home in Trump Tower yesterday morning, reportedly of a suspected overdose.
A source said that RHONY star Bethenny, 27, who knew him for nearly 30 years, was “heartbroken”, telling E! News: “This is really bad. It’s dreadful.
“She’s known him for over 20 years. She’s heartbroken,” the insider added.
Dennis was married to Jill Schwaztberg Shields, with whom he had four children, for 26 years before they separated in 2016.
Following the news of his death, Jill told PEOPLE the banker was “the love of my life”.
“We are all heartbroken,” she said in a statement. “Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life.
“His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”
According to the New York Post, CEO Dennis died of a suspected overdose after asking his assistant to administer Narcan, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses, around 9am yesterday.
The publication claimed he believed he was overdosing on prescription pills.
He is said to have lost consciousness before the medication and been pronounced dead shortly after.
A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told PEOPLE a 51-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene at Dennis’ Trump Tower address.
They could not name the individual at the time.
They said: “Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose.”
Bethenny and Dennis dated intermittently after his split from Jill and the breakdown of her marriage to Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares daughter Bryn.
The reality star and author spoke out about their relationship in scenes aired just days before his death, speaking to Dorinda Medley about her fellow RHONY star’s romance with John Mahdessian.
“You’re just lucky John’s never going anywhere,” Bethenny said. “I didn’t say it to Dennis, but in my own mind I said, ’90 days. I’m not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days.’
“It’s a really hard thing to realise that someone you love just doesn’t mean they’re the right person, and I wish he was,” she added.
In an interview with host Steve Harvey on his talk show in May, she opened up about her relationship with Dennis, but didn’t name him.
“I’ve been with someone on and off for years,” she said.
“It’s like a partnership where if we’re not being teammates and it’s not working and one man is down, then the other man is down.
“We’re trying to really kind of be good partners and good teammates and I think relationships oddly are — and this sounds cold — but a bit like business,” she continued.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Bethenny Frankel asking for comment.