The 19-year-old’s mother, Drena De Niro, announced the news on Monday in an Instagram post.
NEW YORK — Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, grandson of Robert De Niro, passed away at the age of 19.
His mother, Drena De Niro, announced the news on Monday in an Instagram post.
She wrote: “I don’t know how to live without you but I will try to carry on and spread the love and light that you have made me feel like being your mother. “You have been deeply loved and appreciated and I wish that only love could save you.”
Drena De Niro shared Leandro with artist Carlos Mare, who posted a black square caption on her Instagram account.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo. We really appreciate everyone’s condolences. Robert De Niro said in a statement.
Details are not immediately available. Late Monday, De Niro’s publisher shared another statement from Drena De Niro.
“It is with immense shock and sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved son Leo. We thank you for your immense love and support, and ask for our privacy at this time to process this inconsolable pain,” she said in the statement.
In response to a request to confirm TMZ’s report that Leandro was found in a New York apartment, New York City police wrote that “an 18-year-old male was found unconscious, unresponsive. and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS” at a Wall Street Address that houses the Cipriani Club Residence. Leandro was just 19 years old, news agencies reported.
The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Drena De Niro, 51 years old, is the eldest of 7 children of Robert De Niro (son 79-year-old grandmother picks up her child this early year). The actor adopted her when he married her mother, Diahnne Abbott, his first wife. Drena De Niro is also an actor, with roles in “Joy,” “The Intern” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” in a long list of credits.