Jill Zarin says she's 'devastated' over Dennis Shields' death

Posted August 11, 2018

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

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told PEOPLE that a 51-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene at Shields' Trump Tower address, but did not confirm the name of the man.

Shields, 51, was found dead this morning in his apartment by his assistant who tried to administer Narcan for an opiate overdose but he was unsuccessful.

The medical examiner confirmed to Fox News that the man was Shields, its office is now investigating the cause of death and are awaiting an autopsy.

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Shields, who had been friends with Frankel for almost 30 years before they began dating in 2016, lost consciousness before the medication could kick in.

The dose of Narcan, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, did not work before Dennis lost consciousness and, ultimately, died in his home.

"We will release cause and manner of death when completed", Aja Worthy-Davis, executive director for public affairs at the OCME, said in a statement. "We ask that the media respect out privacy during this time of loss".

Dennis, who appeared on this season of RHONY, began dating Bethenny, 47, in 2016. He was an influential figure not just to the Skinnygirl Cocktails CEO, but to her daughter Bryn Hoppy, 8, as well.

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

During a May TV appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, Bethenny opened up about her relationship with Dennis. According to reports, they were still together as of March of this year.

A rep for Frankel did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment. "We're trying to really kind of be good partners and be good teammates".

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