Bethenny Frankel’s ex-boyfriend found dead in Trump Tower: TMZ

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Shields, 51, is believed to have overdosed on prescription pills, according to the New York Post.

Shields was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Real Housewives of NY star Bethenny Frankel.

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. The cause of his death remains under investigation.

Sources told Page Six that Shields overdosed on OxyContin, while law enforcement sources told TMZ that Shields took OxyContin Thursday night and woke up Friday morning feeling sick.

Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel.

"This is really bad".

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"I've been with someone on and off for years", she shared.

The SkinnyGirl mogul said in May that she and Shields had been on and off for years, and they were like a partnership. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life.

Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016. "His spirit lives on in our children. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this time of loss". has contacted a representative for Bethenny Frankel asking for comment.

Bethenny recently opened up about her relationship with the banker during an interview with Steve Harvey on his talk show, although she didn't name him. Here's hoping that - despite the rift that has gone down between Carole Radziwill, other New York Housewives, and Bethenny this season - her cast members will rally around her in the wake of this tragic news.

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