The world was left in shock with the tragic news that Robert De Niro's grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, succumbed to a lethal mixture of illicit drugs. A New York City Medical Examiner confirmed the cause after autopsy results were made public.
Leandro, just 19 years of age, had a fatal cocktail of fentanyl, bromazolam, alprazolam, 7-aminoclonazepam, ketamine, and cocaine in his system when he breathed his last. The death was ruled accidental by medical professionals.
Leandro's untimely demise has reignited discussions on the dangers of substance abuse, especially with the recent arrest of a woman linked to selling him pills laced with fentanyl.
Family's Heartbreaking Loss
Pictures of the late Leandro alongside his grandfather, Robert De Niro, and mother, Drena De Niro, have been widely shared, echoing the close bond of the family.
Leandro's apartment was where his body was discovered, seated lifelessly on a chair. Close friends raised alarms when the young man didn't respond for days. Text messages between Leandro and Sophia Marks, 20, revealed that the pair had discussed purchasing counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax shortly before Leandro's passing.
The heartbroken film icon, Robert De Niro, conveyed his sorrow, "I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo. We're profoundly grateful for the condolences and plead for privacy during these difficult times," he told Page Six.
Drena De Niro's emotional tribute to her son conveyed a mother's irreplaceable loss, "You were my pure joy, my heart, my reality. I yearn to be with you and am at a loss without you." Robert De Niro had adopted Drena in 1976, during his marriage to Diahnne Abbott.
They later welcomed another child, parting ways in 1988. Leandro's luxurious residence, where he was found, was located in the Cipriani Club Residences, a stone's throw away from the famed event venue, Cipriani. Living independently, he had occupied the upscale dwelling for less than a year.
With dreams of making it big in Hollywood, Leandro had taken baby steps with roles in 2018 films "A Star Is Born" and "Cabaret Maxime." His artistic inclinations were no surprise given his lineage: Drena, a known actress, and Carlos Rodriguez, 58, a celebrated graffiti artist and Leandro's father.
The grief-stricken parents said, "We're grappling with immeasurable sorrow. We deeply value the outpouring of love and pray for privacy during this unbearable time."