Bethenny Frankel Emotionally Speaks Out on the Death of Boyfriend Dennis Shields: 'It's Hard to Breathe'

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The TV personality is opening up about how she's coping with the loss.

Bethenny Frankel is sharing her pain following the tragic death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Dennis Shields.

“It’s hard to breathe & I appreciate you giving me the space & support to try to do so,” the Real Housewives of New York City star wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “It’s excruciating -- sudden death is no closure & constant [questions] & memories. Our relationship is current so it’s painfully raw. Trying to stay healthy & move through it w tears & close friends. Xo.”

Shields, a financier, was discovered unconscious and unresponsive in his apartment in Trump Tower in NYC on Aug. 10. Emergency personnel pronounced him deceased at the scene. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

A few days later, his funeral was held in Long Island. Soon after, the 47-year-old reality star took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of Shields lying comfortably in bed beside Cookie, Frankel’s dog, who died in Oct. 2017.

"Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever," she captioned the photo.

ET later learned that Shields had asked for her hand in marriage mere months before his death.

“She wanted to marry him, but there was some things that needed to be worked out first and some hurdles to overcome,” a source told ET. "He was her family, her best friend, her partner.”

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