Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, the grandson of Robert De Niro, has passed away, as confirmed by his mother, Drena De Niro. On Sunday, the 51-year-old actress took to social media to share the heartbreaking news, accompanied by a photo of her 19-year-old son. In the caption, she expressed her deep love for him since the time she felt him growing in her belly.

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Robert De Niro, through his representative Stan Rosenfield, expressed his profound distress over the loss of his beloved grandson Leo in a statement shared with USA TODAY on Monday. He also expressed gratitude for the condolences received and requested privacy for the family to mourn their loss.

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Drena De Niro, in another statement shared by Rosenfield, also spoke about the unimaginable shock and sadness they were experiencing as they bid farewell to their beloved son Leo. She thanked everyone for their love and support, requesting privacy during this inconsolable period of grief.

No further information about Leandro’s death was immediately available.

In her Instagram post on Sunday, Drena De Niro referred to her son as her joy, heart, and the epitome of purity and reality in her life. She expressed her wish to be with him and her struggle to continue living without him. She also emphasized the deep love and appreciation he had received, expressing her desire that love alone could have saved him.


Drena De Niro concluded her message by apologizing to her baby, tagging Carlos “Mare” Rodriguez, with whom she shares her son, and wishing him eternal peace and paradise.

The family’s community expressed their condolences on social media platforms. Director Lee Daniels offered his support to Drena, while actress Rosie Perez expressed shock and love for her. Actress Lana Parrilla sent an abundance of love, prayers, and strength to Drena and all those who loved her dear boy.

Rodriguez, Leandro’s father, has not publicly addressed his son’s death yet, but he posted a blacked-out square on Instagram following the news.

In May, Drena De Niro celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing photos of her son, who had appeared alongside her in the 2018 film “A Star is Born,” calling him “A Lil bit of Leo” and expressing that it had been a good day.

In May, Robert De Niro also welcomed his seventh child, a daughter named Gia Virginia, with his partner Tiffany Chen. The 79-year-old actor has three children from his first marriage, Drena (51) and Raphael (46), as well as twins Julian and Aaron (27) from his relationship with Toukie Smith. He also has two children, Elliot (25) and Helen Grace (11), with Grace Hightower, whom he married in 1997 and separated from in 2018.


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