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Just a week ago, Dennis Shields was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment.
Though the ex-boyfriend of Betheny Frankel’s cause of death has yet to be officially declared in an autopsy report, we now know his final words.
And his final statement may shed a lot of light on what preceded his unfortunate passing.
TMZ reports that Dennis Shields was able to speak a few words to EMTs who arrived and attempted to save his life.
Sources say that, in those final moments, he told paramedics and police that he had taken his prescribed oxycodone and Vicodin and a sleeping pill.
His intention, he revealed at the time, was to address the pain from his back injury.
Though his assistant had already administered Narcan before emergency responders arrived, everyone’s best efforts were unable to save him.
That combo of drugs turned out to be tragically lethal.
As TMZ notes, that combination of drugs can be dangerous and even potentially deadly.
Doctors and other medical experts strongly advise against mixing opioids with sleeping pills or any type of sedative.
Taking these medications in what are individually safe amounts can become unsafe, due to interactions between the powerful medications.
Had this been a simple overdose of oxycodone, perhaps the three doses of Narcan — two from his assistant and one from EMTs — that Shields received would have been able to save him.
This is so heartbreaking.
TMZ‘s law enforcement sources report that they did find prescription pill bottles scattered throughout his house.
They did not find any ilicit substances or drug paraphernalia which might be associated with them.
If you are overdosing or experiencing another medical crisis, it is always adviseable to be honest with the people who are trying to save your life.
The “pill bottles scattered everywhere” image might seem suspicious for some, but it’s not uncommon for folks to accidentally hold on to their empty prescription bottles.
(They may cling to them as a reference, or forget that they have them, or decide that they want to remove the label for privacy before recycling them)
Earlier this week, The Real Housewives of New York City star and Skinnygirl mogul Bethenny Frankel broke her silence on Shields’ death.
Though they were not dating at the time of his passing, they have had an on-again, off-again relationship for ages.
Bethenny is mourning his passing. At his funeral, she broke down in tears.
On Instagram, she shared a throwback photo of him and her late dog, Cookie, back-to-back.
Both Shields and Cookie have since passed.
“Rest In Peace,” Bethenny captioned the image. “My sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love.”
It is important to stress that the medical examiner’s office has yet to announce an official cause of death for Dennis Shields.
It is always possible that the dangerous combination of drugs that he took in a desperate attempt to quell his back pain were not the cause, or not the sole cause.
The medical examiner is likely waiting for the results of a toxicology report. Those can take time, especially when investigators are checking for every possibility.
We hope that Shields’ loved ones, including his four children, can find peace and closure after this tragic loss.
While Javi Marroquin continues to clash with his ex-wife over their past, many questions continue to be asked about this reality star’s future.
Specifically, about his future with Lauren Comeau.
The couple, of course, stunned celebrity gossip followers back in late May when they announced they were expecting a baby.
This news came mere months after Javi split from Briana DeJesus and also stopped hooking up (again) with Kailyn Lowry.
Marroquin and Comeau had met at a wedding last summer and actually dated briefly in 2017… until they reportedly broke up because Javi slept with another woman.
We haven’t been here to judge, however, simply to wish these two and their impending child the best.
Perhaps Javi really is a changed man and will dedicate himself entirely to this new family. You never know, right?
Along with the baby bombshell, meanwhile, has come various speculation regarding Comeau, considering she’s now very much involved with a prominent MTV personality.
As we’ve posted about over the past few weeks…
… will she and Marroquin get married?
… heck, are they already married?
Now, based on the photos above and below of Comeau, we can add another inquiry to this list:
JUST WHEN IS LAUREN DUE?!?
Taking to both basic Instagram and her Instagram Stories page over the past week or so, Comeau has shown off her baby bump on multiple occasions.
And it ain’t small!
All Comeau and Marroquin have said thus far is that their son will enter this world at some point in 2018.
That much is clearly true, but the size of Lauren’s precious tummy makes it appear here as if their son may enter the world at some point in the fall of 2018.
We make note of this partly because it’s very exciting and it will be cool to meet yet another baby produced by a member of the Teen Mom 2 cast.
But also because Comeau’s due date does make one wonder when she and Marroquin got it on and whether he cheated on DeJesus with his baby-mama-to-be.
The timeline does cause fans to ponder this possibility.
Whether or not Javi stepped out on Briana, though, he and Lauren appear to be going strong.
They are posing together in a number of Instagram photos, often with Marroquin and Lowry’s son, Lincoln.
Lauren has also now moved to Delaware and is shacking up with her famous lover.
At some point, Javi swears, wedding bells will even ring for the eventual parents.
“Definitely in the future I will propose,” the MTV star recently told Radar Online, quelling rumors that they were already betrothed.
He says it will happen, he promises, but he and Comeau have something else to concern themselves with in the meantime.
Or someone else, we should say:
“The focus is on the baby first.”
Jill Janus, the frontwoman for popular heavy metal band Huntress, was found dead on Tuesday, others in this group have confirmed.
She was 43 years old.
While details are still coming in regarding her passing, this is what band members wrote on Facebook last night as tragic confirmation of the news:
“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus – frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress – passed away on Tuesday, August. 14.
“A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon.”
Continued this post:
“Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.”
Huntress were formed in 2009 and released its first album, Spell Eater, in 2012.
The band went on to release a further a pair of orther records as well, while supporting and opening at times for rock bands Motörhead and Lamb of God.
Best known for the singing gig described above with Huntress, Janus also sang for a handful of female metal cover bands over the years, including The Starbreakers and Chelsea Girls.
“Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine,” the Facebook message reads, concluding
“She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”
It is unclear at the moment just how Janus took her own life.
The artist was diagnosed with bipolar disease aged 20, telling Revolver magazine in 2015 that she struggled in high school after starting to show signs of this illness at 13 years old.
In response to this awful news, partner and Huntress member Blake Meahl paid tribute to Janus as follows yesterday:
“[We] spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress.
“The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion I have ever experienced. I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet.”
Added Lizzy Hale of Halestorm:
“I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone.
I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy.
To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here.
My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.
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