Jill Zarin says she feels & # 039; devastated & # 039; for Bethenny Frankel after the death of her boyfriend

Jill Zarin in Los Angeles on July 16

Bethenny Frankel, former star of New York City real housewives, Jill Zarin, said Friday that she felt "devastated" by her friend after she lost her boyfriend over and over again because of an overdose of opiates.

& # 39; I know what it is to lose someone so soon. It's unbearable, "Zarin, who recently widowed, told The New York Post," There's nothing worse than sudden death. You can not get ready. There's no time to say goodbye.

Dennis Shields, 51, was found dead in his apartment in Trump Tower on Friday after an overdose of oxycodone, an addictive opioid he was taking to treat back pain.

Shortly before 9 am, Shields asked his maid to buy him Narcan at a pharmacy after taking several pills the night before, according to TMZ.

Shields, who had known Frankel for almost 30 years before starting to leave in 2016, lost consciousness sometime before 9 a.m. before the medicine could begin.

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Jill Zarin in Los Angeles on July 16

Bethenny Frankel in New York on August 14

Bethenny Frankel in New York on August 14

Jill Zarin, (left, in Los Angeles on July 16), who starred with Bethenny Frankel (right, in New York on August 14) at Real Housewives of New York City, said she was "devastated" after her ex co-star-once again, dead boyfriend was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment

Dennis Shields (pictured with Bethenny Frankel leaving SoHo House, New York in 2016) was found dead on Friday morning

Dennis Shields (pictured with Bethenny Frankel leaving SoHo House, New York in 2016) was found dead on Friday morning

Dennis Shields (pictured with Bethenny Frankel leaving SoHo House, New York in 2016) was found dead on Friday morning

Sometime before 9 am, Shields lost consciousness and the maid called 911. Soon after, he was pronounced dead by emergency medical technicians.

Sources close to the businessman told DailyMail.com that his back had been "acting" recently and had not yet recovered from surgery in 2015.

They believe that he died of cardiac arrest because his heart "could not cope" with the potent analgesic's dose.

Frankel was at his house in Bridgehampton when he died. He seemed unaware of the tragedy and was uploading photographs and videos to his Instagram story until around noon.

Frankel was not aware of the news on Friday morning and was adding to his Instagram story frequently until around noon (seen above in a selfie with his dog on Friday morning)

Frankel was not aware of the news on Friday morning and was adding to his Instagram story frequently until around noon (seen above in a selfie with his dog on Friday morning)

Frankel was not aware of the news on Friday morning and was adding to his Instagram story frequently until around noon (seen above in a selfie with his dog on Friday morning)

She and Shields left intermittently from 2016 but they always remained friends.

It appeared from time to time in the program of Bravo in which it stars. SkinnyGirl mogul has not commented on the death of Shields.

Shields' wife, Jill, with whom she had four children, told DailyMail.com that she was "devastated" by her death.

The couple was married for 26 years before separating in 2016, not long before he and Frankel became an item.

They still had not finished their divorce when he died.

& # 39; We are all heartbroken.

"Dennis was and always will be the love of my life, his spirit lives in our children," he said.

She added that he was a "loving father and friend".

The couple had four children together; daughters Tyler, 24, Darien, 20, and Kelsey, who is in college, and a son, Zachary, 23.

The coroner's car remained outside Trump Tower on Friday afternoon hours after the 51-year-old man died, reportedly after trying to take Narcan to reverse the effects of opiates.

The coroner's car remained outside Trump Tower on Friday afternoon hours after the 51-year-old man died, reportedly after trying to take Narcan to reverse the effects of opiates.

The coroner's car remained outside Trump Tower on Friday afternoon hours after the 51-year-old man died, reportedly after trying to take Narcan to reverse the effects of opiates.

The forensic doctor's truck is seen leaving the building on Friday afternoon

The forensic doctor's truck is seen leaving the building on Friday afternoon

The forensic doctor's truck is seen leaving the building on Friday afternoon

Shields had tried to sell his two-bedroom apartment in Trump Tower since last April. It is still on the list for $ 4.75 million. A photograph taken inside the apartment is shown

Shields had tried to sell his two-bedroom apartment in Trump Tower since last April. It is still on the list for $ 4.75 million. A photograph taken inside the apartment is shown

Shields had tried to sell his two-bedroom apartment in Trump Tower since last April. It is still on the list for $ 4.75 million. A photograph taken inside the apartment is shown

Shields was the CEO of LawCash, a Brooklyn-based firm that funds lawsuits against New York City.

& # 39; We are all heartbroken. Dennis was and always will be the love of my life. His spirit lives in our children & # 39;

Distant wife of Shields Jill

He was also the CEO of Esquire Bank and the state-of-the-art company YieldStreet.

The businessman lived on the 42nd floor of the luxurious building in a two-bedroom apartment that he bought for $ 3 million in 2012.

He launched it in April 2017 for $ 4.75 million and is still for sale.

Jill Schwartzberg Shields, the entrepreneur's estranged wife, said she was "heartbroken" by the news when she called Dennis & # 39; the love of her life & # 39;

Jill Schwartzberg Shields, the entrepreneur's estranged wife, said she was "heartbroken" by the news when she called Dennis & # 39; the love of her life & # 39;

Jill Schwartzberg Shields, the entrepreneur's estranged wife, said she was "heartbroken" by the news when she called Dennis & # 39; the love of her life & # 39;

The first of Frankel's housewives to talk on Friday was Sonja Morgan.

& # 39; This is heartbreaking.

"I spoke with Bethenny yesterday to say that I was going to Costa Rica, in case I wanted to come and escape.

"He's been working so hard," he told RadarOnline.

Carole Radziwill, who spent the last season fighting with her best friend Bethenny, later tweeted her condolences.

Without referring to Bethenny, he said: "I just heard the bad news about Dennis.

& # 39; He was a good man. My condolences to all your family and friends. So tragic. & # 39;

& # 39; I know what it is to lose someone so soon. It's unbearable, "co-star Jill Zarin, who recently became widowed, told The Post," There's nothing worse than sudden death. You can not get ready. There's no time to say goodbye.

Frankel and Shields had been friends for years before they started dating.

She called one of her daughters one of the infamous reunion episodes of her show Bravo to show that their relationship was healthy after it was claimed that they began to meet before their separation.

Shields is represented with his estranged wife, on the right, two of his four children. Zachary, 23, and Darien, 20. They are shown in 2014, two years before separating

Shields is represented with his estranged wife, on the right, two of his four children. Zachary, 23, and Darien, 20. They are shown in 2014, two years before separating

Shields is represented with his estranged wife, on the right, two of his four children. Zachary, 23, and Darien, 20. They are shown in 2014, two years before separating

Shields and her ex were married for 26 years before their separation in 2016. Jill is photographed with her four children, L-R: college student Kelsey, Zachary, 23, Tyler, 24 and Darien, 20

Shields and her ex were married for 26 years before their separation in 2016. Jill is photographed with her four children, L-R: college student Kelsey, Zachary, 23, Tyler, 24 and Darien, 20

Shields and her ex were married for 26 years before their separation in 2016. Jill is photographed with her four children, L-R: college student Kelsey, Zachary, 23, Tyler, 24 and Darien, 20

Shields is represented with Bethenny in an episode of the show that aired in April. It was filmed last fall in Southampton

Shields is represented with Bethenny in an episode of the show that aired in April. It was filmed last fall in Southampton

Shields is represented with Bethenny in an episode of the show that aired in April. It was filmed last fall in Southampton

Carole Radziwill, Bethenny's best friend, was one of the first to address the tragedy on Friday

Carole Radziwill, Bethenny's best friend, was one of the first to address the tragedy on Friday

Carole Radziwill, Bethenny's best friend, was one of the first to address the tragedy on Friday

During that call, Shields' daughter spoke of back surgery that still caused her pain when she died.

WHAT IS OXYCODONE?

Oxycodone is the most commonly prescribed opioid in the United States. UU., Along with hydrocodone.

Both are classified as "semi-synthetic" because (like heroin) they are synthesized from opium.

The effects of oxycodone in the brain are indistinguishable from the effects produced by heroin.

The most commonly used brand is OxyContin, manufactured by Purdue Pharma, which has become the poster of the opiate epidemic.

Despite attempts to make the drug less addictive by making it more difficult to crush, the drug is still commonly reported in overdoses.

In May, after separating, Frankel alluded to a reconciliation and told Steve Harvey: "I have been with someone from time to time for years.

"It's like an association in which if we're not teammates and it does not work and one man is defeated, then the other man is depressed."

"We try to be really good teammates and be good teammates and I think relationships are strangely, and this sounds cold, but a bit like business.

"If the two people are not happy with that, but a little uncomfortable and giving up something or giving in [to] something, it does not work

"So both partners have to say:" Alright, I'm in this for this. "

& # 39; And I think we could be at that point, believe it or not. I have not said that to anyone yet.

On Friday, Shields colleagues at Esquire cried like a "true visionary."

"It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and business partner, Dennis Shields.

"Dennis' passion for his family, his friends and his professional work have no equal and there are no words to describe the loss we feel today.

"This tragic and emotional loss is devastating to everyone who met Dennis and we love him deeply," said Tony Coelho, vice president of the Board.

Andrew Sagliocca, president and CEO, added: "Dennis was a great visionary in the financial and legal community and created a great franchise in Esquire Bank.

"Our focus, thoughts, prayers and love are with your family."

The death of Shields is the second in Trump Tower in six months. In April, an art dealer was killed by a fire in his 50th floor apartment.

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