'RHONY' stars react to Bethenny Frankel's on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields' death

'RHONY' stars react to Bethenny Frankel's on-off boyfriend Dennis Shields' death

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.

A cause of death has yet to be determined.

The New York banker, who had become more well known over the past couple years as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, was found dead Friday in his apartment in Trump Tower.

TMZ reports Shields reportedly overdosed on oxycodone.

Police told TMZ they received a call around 9 a.m.to check on an unresponsive man in an apartment in Trump Tower. Emergency medical service workers later pronounced Shields dead.

"We are all heartbroken", Shields' estranged wife, Jill Shields, said in a statement.

ET spoke to Frankel, 47, last May after her split with Shields, a financier, earlier that year. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. "Please respect our family's privacy at this time".

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As for Radziwill, she appeared on six seasons of RHONY and left the show in July to go back to journalism and producing.

Shields, the CEO of litigation funding company LawCash, has long had a close and complex relationship with Frankel, who has a daughter, Bryn, 8, with her ex-husband Jason Hoppy. "So both partners have to say, 'All right, I'm in it for this", said Frankel.

They had a rich history, having met 28 years ago, though their romance didn't start until much later.

"I've been with someone on and off for years", she told talk show host Steve Harvey.

Bethenny has not yet addressed the news and is thought to be at her home in Bridgehampton.

"We're trying to really kind of be good parents and good teammates and I think relationships oddly are - and this sounds cold - but a bit like business", she added.

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