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The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel’s boyfriend Dennis Shields died at his apartment in Trump Tower this morning.

Confirming the sad news, his estranged wife Jill told E! News: “Dennis’ family is devastated by this terrible news.

“He was a loving father and friend. We ask that the media respect out privacy during this time of loss.”

According to the New York Post, Dennis died of a suspected overdose.

The publication reported he asked his assistant to administer Narcan, which is used to reverse opioid overdoses, around 9am, believing he was overdosing on prescription pills.

Dennis is said to have lost consciousness before the medication and was pronounced dead “a short time later”.

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.

“Preliminarily, we are investigating it as a possible overdose,” the spokesperson told the publication.

Dennis’ net worth is estimated to be over $11 million, according to The Net Worth.

The CEO’s family are accomplished in their own right, with his mother being a lawyer and his father a neurologist.

He graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in public relations and went on to make his living as a banker in New York City.

He was also the CEO of LawCash, a pre-settlement funding company.

Bethenny and Dennis knew each other for nearly 30 years before they started dating in 2016.

They got together after he split from his wife Jill and following the breakdown of her marriage to Jason Hoppy, with whom she shared daughter Bryn.

The couple, who preferred not to label their relationship, saw multiple break-ups over the course of their romance.

In February, a source told PEOPLE the pair weren’t together, but said Dennis was an important part of the RHONY star’s life.

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.

“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 parents and good teammates and I think relationships oddly are — and this sounds cold — but a bit like business,” she added. has contacted a representative for Bethenny Frankel asking for comment.

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