A profound sorrow has befallen the De Niro family as they grapple with an unthinkable tragedy. Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, the grandson of celebrated actor Robert De Niro, has passed away at the tender age of 19. This heartbreaking news was confirmed by Leandro’s mother, Drena De Niro.
Leandro, a burgeoning talent in the acting world, was the beloved son of actress Drena De Niro and artist Carlos “Mare” Rodriguez. The young man was found dead inside a New York City apartment on a Sunday afternoon, with no apparent causes leading to his untimely death. Upon checking in, his absence had alerted a concerned friend, who discovered the tragic scene.
Drena De Niro, Robert’s adopted daughter from his first marriage to Diahnne Abbott, broke the news to the world via a tearful Instagram post. She expressed her sorrow and her deep, immeasurable love for her son.
“My beautiful sweet angel. I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my belly,” she poignantly penned.
She remembered him as her joy, heart, and the epitome of purity and authenticity. The grieving mother conveyed her wish to be with her son, expressing her struggle with his loss. Drena’s heartfelt tribute didn’t end there as she expressed remorse and assured her “darling boy” that he was deeply loved and appreciated.
Carlos Rodriguez, Leandro’s father, has not made a public statement regarding his son’s passing. However, a blacked-out image on his Instagram silently acknowledged the loss, attracting condolences from numerous followers.
Leandro’s acting credits included roles in 2018’s “A Star Is Born,” where he shared the screen with his mother, and “Cabaret Maxime.” In “A Star Is Born,” he portrayed the son of George “Noodles” Stone, a character played by Dave Chappelle and a close friend to Bradley Cooper‘s character, Jackson Maine.
Only a few weeks before his passing, Leandro had celebrated Mother’s Day with Drena, as revealed by a heartfelt Instagram post from his mother. The day was marked by watching the 1974 comedy “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” together and reminiscing over fond memories.
The De Niro family, despite their immense grief, continues to evolve. Robert De Niro and his girlfriend Tiffany Chen recently welcomed a baby girl, Gia Virginia, into their lives, marking the actor’s seventh child.
Drena’s grief was shared and echoed by the larger community. Notable personalities, including Director Lee Daniels, actress Rosie Perez, and Lana Parrilla, expressed their condolences and support for the bereaved mother on social media. Daniels offered a prayer of strength, while Perez extended her availability for Drena in this sorrowful time, and Parrilla sent prayers and strength.