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Bethenny Frankel Boyfriend's Last Words Help Explain Trump Tower Death

8/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bethenny Frankel's late boyfriend, Dennis Shields, was able to utter a few words to EMTs and police before he died -- and they paint a clearer picture of how he passed.

Sources say Dennis told the responding EMTs and cops he'd taken some of his prescribed oxycodone as well as Vicodin and a sleeping pill ... all to ease the pain from a back injury.  

Doctors warn that opioids should never be taken with sleeping pills or other sedatives. Opioids slow respiratory function and sleeping pills do the same. The two combined can have a dangerous, synergistic effect that could result in death.

As we reported, Dennis' assistant had administered 2 doses of Narcan before authorities arrived. They administered an additional dose of Narcan, but Dennis could not be saved.

Our law enforcement sources say police also found numerous prescription bottles scattered throughout his apartment ... although no illicit drugs nor drug paraphernalia were uncovered.

Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever

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Bethenny attended Dennis' funeral service earlier this week and dissolved in tears. She paid tribute to both Dennis and her deceased dog, Cookie, on IG. 

An autopsy report and official cause of death have yet to be released.

Bethenny Frankel Sobs At Boyfriend's Burial

8/13/2018 7:29 AM PDT

10:07 AM PT -- Bethenny just posted a photo of Dennis lying beside her dog, Cookie, with a farewell message to both, saying ... "Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love." Cookie died late last year after suffering a major seizure.

Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever

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Bethenny Frankel was extremely emotional Monday during a final goodbye to her boyfriend, who died Friday of an overdose.

Dennis Shields was found dead in his apartment in Trump Tower from an apparent oxycodone OD. Law enforcement sources told us Dennis took an unknown quantity of oxy Thursday night which he had prescribed to him. He woke up Friday feeling ill and asked his housekeeper to go to the pharmacy and buy Narcan -- which counters the effects of opioids. When the housekeeper returned home, Dennis was beyond help.

We're told Bethenny is inconsolable.

Bethenny Frankel Ex-BF Found Dead in Trump Tower ... Suspected Overdose

8/10/2018 10:44 AM PDT
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Bethenny Frankel's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Dennis Shields, was found dead Friday of a suspected overdose ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they got a call just after 9 AM for an unresponsive male. Upon arriving at Shields' Trump Tower apartment, they learned his assistant had administered Narcan but was unsuccessful in reviving him.

Our sources say they believe Shields OD'd on oxycodone ... but an autopsy is pending.

Frankel and Shields met nearly 30 years ago but didn't start dating until 2016. The relationship had many splits and makeups.

The New York Post first reported the death.

Story developing ...

Luann de Lesseps Out of Rehab ... Says She's Much Better

8/2/2018 1:48 PM PDT

Luann de Lesseps has been released from rehab after less than 3 weeks, and she says it helped her out ... so she's already preparing to get back to work.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the 'Real Housewives of New York' star reached out to friends Monday to let them know she was out of her Connecticut rehab facility. She told them she's "doing better" and getting ready for her cabaret gig at The Paramount in Long Island Saturday night.

The show will be her first public appearance since her rehab stint.

We broke the story ... those close to Luann said she fell off the wagon at least 2 weeks before she checked into rehab a few weeks back -- for the second time in less than a year.

Hopefully ... take two does the trick.

Bethenny Frankel Not Just Frenemies with Carole ...

7/30/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The icy relations between Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill aren't unique -- we're told a whole lotta 'Housewives' aren't feeling the love from Frankel ... or giving it back.

Sources close to 'The Real Housewives of New York' cast tell TMZ ... it's hard to find any 'RHONY' stars who are fans of Bethenny. We're told most of the women feel she's negative, toxic and talks trash about everyone ... but they try to stay on good terms to avoid trouble.

They say Frankel acts high and mighty around the rest of the cast because of her successful side hustles ... but won't acknowledge the other ladies were successful too before and after their stints as 'Housewives.'

We broke the story ... Radziwill announced her departure from 'RHONY' by saying she was thrilled to say goodbye to frenemies -- a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Bethenny.

Turns out ... the frenemies are strong with this one.

We reached out to Frankel for comment. So far, no word back.

Carole Radziwill Bethenny's Public 'Frenemy' #1 ... Driving Me From 'RHONY'

7/25/2018 3:54 PM PDT
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Carole Radziwill's announcement she's leaving 'Real Housewives of NY' due to "frenemies" is a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Bethenny Frankel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the 'RHONY' cast tell TMZ ... Carole feels like Bethenny is el jefe when it comes to cast members. She's, quite simply, the dominant personality, but after Carole and Bethenny had a falling out in the Spring ... Carole felt blackballed, in a way.

Our sources say BF controls the show and used her power to push Carole out of the picture ... effectively reducing her camera time. Behind the scenes, we're told, other cast members refer to 'RHONY' as 'The Bethenny Show.'

We've reached out to Bethenny ... but no word back yet.

In the end, Carole's gonna be just fine after her 6 seasons on Bravo -- we're told she intends to focus on writing projects better suited for her "more steady temperament," and so far she's got 3 in the works.

Luann de Lesseps Strikes Plea Deal in Drunk Arrest Case ... Avoiding Jail Time

7/23/2018 2:21 PM PDT

Luann de Lesseps is now pleading guilty to 3 charges in her drunken arrest case, but she's dodging the felony charge -- as part of a plea deal -- which would keep her out of jail. 

The troubled 'RHONY' star agreed to plead guilty to battery, trespassing and disorderly intoxication for her Palm Beach County arrest. She was originally facing a felony charge of resisting an officer with violence, as well as the other 2 misdemeanors. That resisting charge was reduced to battery. 

You'll recall, Luann was arrested on Christmas Eve in Palm Beach, FL -- she allegedly attacked a cop during her bust. She was caught on video telling an officer she'd kill him if he continued to touch her.

As part of the deal, she'll be placed on probation for a year. She'll have to complete 50 hours of community service and attend two AA meetings a week in NY, where she lives. Luann cannot consume alcohol or drugs and must submit to random testing. She also had to write an apology letter to the cop she hit. 

A judge still has to sign off on the agreement. 

'RHONY' Cast Members Luann is Missed! Skips Reunion for Rehab

7/17/2018 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The stars of the 'Real Housewives of New York City' say they feel bad Luann de Lesseps is missing their reunion taping for rehab ... but they're staying positive. 

We got a few 'RHONY' cast members heading into Cipriani in NYC Tuesday to film their season 10 reunion episode, and our photog asked about Luann's absence.

Ramona Singer says all the housewives feel bad, but adds they'll be okay without her. Tinsley Mortimer offered Luann well-wishes and Sonja Morgan says Luann will be missed.

As we reported ... the countess had been spiraling out of control weeks before announcing she was entering rehab for a second time in less than a year.

Her girls all say they're rooting for her, which -- let's be honest -- doesn't always happen with the 'Housewives.'

Luann de Lesseps Boozy Partying, Pissed Off Kids Sparked Rehab Decision

7/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT
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Luann de Lesseps going back into rehab might have shocked fans, but the people closest to her knew she was only pretending to be sober for weeks now ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the 'Real Housewives' star tell us she fell off the wagon at least 2 weeks before Bethenny Frankel announced her 'RHONY' pal was reentering a rehab facility -- the second time in less than year.  

We're told friends point to a July 2 pic Luann posted with her ex-husband, declaring she'd been sober for 6 months -- no small feat for someone in recovery.

However, the very next day things fell apart rather publicly at a charity event in the Hamptons. Our sources say Luann made a late and noisy entrance -- disrupting a piano performance -- then was seen hitting up the bar, and hitting on several guys in a very touchy-feely way.

We're told friends think there are a number of reasons she slipped. One being her Christmas Eve arrest in Florida, but more recently she was sued by her 2 adult children for allegedly screwing them out of a trust.

Sources say the family divide weighed heavily on Luann. We've reached out to her camp, but no word back, yet.

Luann de Lesseps Sued By Ex-Husband & Kids ... You Broke Divorce Deal & Screwed Us!!

7/12/2018 12:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Countess Luann de Lesseps, one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of New York City," has another legal mess on her hands with a lawsuit from none other than her ex and their kids.

Luann's ex, Alexandre de Lesseps, and their 2 adult children -- Noel and Victoria -- are suing her claiming she didn't keep her end of the divorce deal signed back in 2009.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, they say Luann treated herself back in 2013 to a luxurious $3.1 mil pad in the ritzy town of Sag Harbor, NY, but never followed through with creating a trust giving the kids half of the house. That was part of the divorce deal.

Now, they say she's threatening to sell the house and use the cash to buy herself a new crib in upstate NY ... which would mean the kids never got their cut. They want the court to declare she's in breach of the divorce and move forward with an injunction blocking the house sale.

We've reached out to Luann, so far no word back.

'RHONY' Star Ramona Singer Suffers Minor Injuries In Weekend Car Accident

5/28/2018 3:41 PM PDT
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6:00 AM PT 5/29 -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Ramona caused the pile-up. She took her eyes off the road for a second and did not see a vehicle stopping in traffic ahead of her. Singer's Maserati rear-ended the vehicle, causing a chain reaction into the other cars. Singer only suffered minor injuries. No one else was injured.

Law enforcement also tells us no alcohol or drugs were involved, and no arrests or traffic tickets were issued.Ramona Singer had a rough start to her long Memorial Day Weekend after getting in a nasty fender bender, but she's on the mend now ... TMZ has learned.

"The Real Housewives of New York" star had left her home in Southampton, NY Saturday and was traveling along Montauk Highway in her Maserati when she rear-ended a Mazda ... according to sources close to Ramona.

We're told it was a 4-car pileup caused by a sudden stop by the first car, the Mazda was car #3 ... and Singer's Maserati was in the back.

Our sources say Ramona wasn't seriously injured, but was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with bruises and minor aches and pains. She was treated and released shortly afterward.

We're told she's still shaken up, but is doing okay and recovering nicely.

As for her car ... it was totaled due to significant front end damage, but don't worry -- it was insured.

Luann de Lesseps Arrest Video Released ... Makes Death Threat to Cop

4/29/2018 3:31 PM PDT

Luann de Lesseps appeared heavily intoxicated while being put into the back of a police cruiser last year, and even threatened to kill a cop ... according to video showing her arrest.

Footage from inside the squad car Luann was thrown into following her Christmas Eve arrest in Palm Beach has been released ... and you see her tell an officer that she'd kill him if he continued touching her. It appears the cop was loosening her cuffs before buckling her in.

The action begins around the 2 minute mark -- Luann repeatedly says she did nothing wrong, and at one point the officer tells her he's going to hog-tie her if she doesn't stop resisting. Her friends are heard telling her to relax.

As we reported ... Luann was officially charged with a felony count of resisting an officer with violence during her alleged drunken rampage. She's also still facing 2 misdemeanors -- trespassing and disorderly intoxication -- after turning down a plea deal.

She's since apologized for the incident, and checked into rehab as well. However, she also pleaded not guilty ... and appears ready to fight the charges. Not sure this clip will help.

'RHONY' Star Sonja Morgan Whoops!! My Gown's Going Down ... But Show Goes On!!!

3/9/2018 8:45 AM PST

'Real Housewife of New York' star Sonja Morgan turned a cabaret revue into a full-on burlesque strip tease when her wrap dress unraveled in front of a packed crowd.

Sonja was dancing backup Thursday night for fellow 'Housewife' Luann de Lesseps during her #CountessAndFriends cabaret in NYC. Sonja was putting down some serious white girl dancing, and seemed like a seasoned, fearless performer. Maybe too fearless.

The dress came undone, her girls came popping out, and through it all ... Sonja did not skip a beat. 

Best of all ... Luann was singing her hit, "Money Can't Buy You Class" when the wardrobe malfunction happened. Awesome timing.

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