The NYPD tells ET that at 9:19 a.m. on Friday morning, units responded to a 911 call at Trump Tower - 721 5th Ave. - in New York City.
The 51-year-old had reportedly asked his assistant to give him Narcan - an opiate antidote - because he thought he was overdosing on prescription pills, reveals an insider.
TMZ's sources say Shields overdosed on the painkiller oxycodone. The two knew each other for nearly three decades, since Shields married one of Frankel's high school friends.
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The dose of Narcan, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses, did not work before Dennis lost consciousness and, ultimately, died in his home.
HollywoodLife will be updating this story if more RHONY co-stars comment on Dennis Shield's death.
A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office has identified the man as Dennis Shields. According to reports, they were still together as of March of this year.
"I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind", she said in a statement to PEOPLE. "This saddens me to no end because it seems to be never-ending for her". "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", Bethenny shared, keeping Dennis anonymous.
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