The dose of Narcan, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, did not work before Dennis lost consciousness and, ultimately, died in his home.
"Real Housewives of New York City" star Bethenny Frankel's on-again-off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields was found dead on Friday in Trump Tower in New York City. TMZ also reported his death, both citing anonymous law enforcement officials. He was 51 years old.
EMTs rushed to Trump Tower but it was too late.
Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016 but knew each other for much longer.
Paramedics were called to the building, but they weren't able to revive Shields, who was subsequently pronounced dead.
Following the news of his death, Jill told PEOPLE the banker was "the love of my life". Shields, anxious he was suffering from a prescription pill overdose, asked his assistant to give him Narcan on the morning of August 10, 2018, The Post reported, citing sources.
"We are all heartbroken", Shields' estranged wife, Jill Shields, said in a statement to PEOPLE Friday. "His spirit lives on in our children".
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Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose'. "We ask that the media respect our privacy during this time of loss".
Earlier this year, Frankel opened up to Steve Harvey about their complicated relationship.
Dennis and the Real Housewives of New York City star met almost 30 years ago, but didn't start dating until 2016.
"So so many thoughts & prayers to [Bethenny], Bryn, & the family of Dennis Shields. can't believe it. light, love, & strength to all", one fan wrote, sending her thoughts to Frankel and her daughter, Bryn. I'm so sad for her. And then right after Jill and I got separated, Bethenny and I started dating, and we've been together on and off now for I think it was nearly four years.
Bethenny Frankel is a reality TV star and a successful businesswoman.
She added that they were trying to be good teammates and partners, and she thinks that relationships are "a little bit like a business".