Bethenny Frankel Thanks Fans for Support After Boyfriend Dennis Shields' Suicide
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The 'Real Housewives of New York City' star expresses her gratitude for her fans' support amid her grief over the loss of her boyfriend.

AceShowbiz - Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel has thanked fans for their support after the death of her on/off boyfriend Dennis Shields.

The 51-year-old died on August 10 at his New York City apartment after suffering a suspected drug overdose.

"The Real Housewives of New York City" star was pictured sobbing at his funeral in Long Island on Monday, August 13, and took to Twitter to show her appreciation for her fans who sent messages of support after the tragic news broke.

On a picture she shared on Friday, it read: "Thank you," along with a love heart emoji.

Bethenny dated Dennis on and off for a couple of years before he was found dead. The cause of death has yet to be determined, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police officers told Entertainment Tonight that units responded to a 911 call at Trump Tower in New York City at 9:19am on August 10.

Dennis was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

As Bethenny grieves over the loss of her boyfriend, her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, has expressed concern about Dennis' alleged cause of death during the exes' bitter custody battle over their daughter, eight-year-old Bryn.

Robert Wallack, attorney for Jason, said in a hearing on Thursday that his client was troubled by Bethenny's "dangerous" parenting.

"It was reported that he died of an Oxycodone overdose. Our concern is while his death is very sad this raises serious concerns about Ms. Frankel's parental judgment," he said. "Dennis Shields spent a great deal of time with Bryn and even cared for Bryn at times when Ms. Frankel wasn't around.

"Considering Mr. Shields' addiction what does that say about Ms. Frankel's parenting that she would allow this person to care for her daughter? This doesn't just constitute a lapse in judgment this was just downright dangerous parenting," the lawyer alleged.

Jason and Bethenny separated in December 2012 and their divorce was finalised in 2016.

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