Bethenny Frankel is healing her broken heart after the suspected overdose death of her boyfriend Dennis Shields by working on Hurricane Florence relief efforts. The Real Housewives of New York star told FOX Business channel on Friday that she's helping those affected by the devastating hurricane that has hit the Carolinas. Scroll down RadarOnline.com's gallery for more on how Frankel hopes to make a difference.
Frankel, 47, told Maria Bartiromo about her B Strong initiative, which gives cash cards to people impacted by poverty and tragedy. "Each disaster has different needs," she said.
"It's often tampons, hygiene, alcohol, Band-Aids, toothpaste … things that people don't really think about," Frankel said in her FOX Business chat of the items made possible by her organization.
It was the first interview the Skinnygirl mogul has done since her banker beau Shields passed away. Shields, 51, was found dead of a suspected overdose on Friday, August 10 at about 9 a.m. in his million-dollar Trump Tower apartment in New York.
The New York Post reported that the businessman – who had appeared on The Real Housewives of New York with Frankel -- had allegedly overdosed on prescription pills. Dennis reportedly asked his assistant to administer Narcan, which treats opiate overdoses, when he realized his life was in danger. But it was too late.
Fox Business star Bartiromo gave Frankel her condolences on camera about Shields' death. The reality TV star replied that they both were inspired by altruistic work. "He loved this part and he was a doer. We would have been talking about this," Frankel remarked about Hurricane Florence charity work. "This is for Dennis, also."
A friend of Shields told Radar that Shields' death must have been accidental. Gregory Broccoli, a colleague of Shields for 20 years, recently said that he believes the New York businessman would never have taken his own life. "There's no way that this was intentional," said the pal. "It's impossible. There was too much on his agenda." Frankel implied her man would have been right by her side working for the hurricane victims had he lived. Last year, she traveled to Houston and Puerto Rico to help people after devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
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