Robert De Niro, the acclaimed actor, has spoken up about the tragic loss of his grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez. In a statement provided to NBC News on July 3, the 79-year-old Oscar winner expressed deep distress over the passing of his beloved grandson. He also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of condolences from everyone. However, the family has requested privacy during this grieving period as they mourn the loss of their dear Leo. According to the New York City Police Department, Leandro was discovered unconscious on July 2 inside a residence in New York City. Emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, but the cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
Drena De Niro, Leandro's mother and Robert's daughter from his previous marriage to Diahnne Abbott, confirmed the devastating news through an Instagram tribute posted on July 2. Accompanying a photo of Leandro, she expressed profound love for her beautiful sweet angel. She recounted the deep connection she felt with him from the moment she carried him in her belly, and how he brought joy, purity, and reality into her life.
Drena, a 51-year-old actress, also mentioned her wish to be with her son during this painful time. She acknowledged the challenge of living without him but vowed to continue spreading the love and light that he made her feel as his mother. Drena emphasized the immense love and appreciation Leandro received and expressed her sorrow that love alone could not have saved him. She concluded by apologizing to her baby and Carlos Mare, Leandro's father, and wished her darling boy eternal peace and paradise.
While Carlos Mare has not commented publicly on Leandro's passing, he shared a blacked-out image on his Instagram page following the tragic event.
Leandro, like his grandfather and mother, pursued a career in acting. He had worked alongside his mother in various projects, and his most recent appearance was in the 2018 remake of "A Star Is Born." In the film, he portrayed the son of Dave Chappelle's character, George "Noodles" Stone, who was best friends with Bradley Cooper's character, Jackson Maine.