In others, he was infamous for being the chief executive officer of LawCash. That is a kind of litigation financing - with a specific niche: lawsuits against New York City.
The infamy came because of the rates of interest he charged plaintiffs for cash advances on their settlements. However, LawCash was hardly alone in that practice. For that very reason, the arrangement is controversial.
And, for a few, his minor celebrity aura was rooted in the status of bunking in Trump Tower.
Now, Shields will be known to a much wider public for his apparent fatal overdose from OxyContin. He was 51 years old.
In the New York Post, Larry Celona reports that around 9 AM Shields requested that his assistant administer Narcan.
That's what saves victims from death after they ingest a level of a drug, prescription or street, which could kill them. In recovery group meetings these days there are usually members present only because Narcan had been administered and they lived to tell the tale. In fact, one recounted how, when the police stopped him for running a stop sign, he told them he probably needed Narcan.
Unfortunately, for Shields, it was too little too late. Even though Narcan had been administered, he had lost consciousness and died.
Shields' death could serve as a public service warning not to play the Narcan game. It isn't a 100% life-saver.
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