After his unexpected death at 51 of a suspected overdose, Dennis Shields' estranged wife Jill says she is heartbroken. The two knew each other for nearly three decades, since Shields married one of Frankel's high school friends.
Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel on July 14, 2016.
The Medical Examiner's office is now investigating Shields' cause of death.
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A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Before entering into a relationship following Frankel's contentious divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, the two knew each other for almost 30 years. They said they found the 51-year-old unconscious and unresponsive, and that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
In May, she appeared on Steve Harvey's talk show, where she talked about the status of their relationship.
They had a rich history, having met 28 years ago, though their romance didn't start until much later. We're trying to really kind of be good partners and be good teammates and I think relationships oddly are -and this sounds cold-but a little bit like business.
Representatives for Frankel did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.