Robert De Niro’s grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, tragically died last week.
The devastating news was revealed by his mother, De Niro’s eldest daughter Drena, in a heartbreaking Instagram post, and now she has revealed his cause of death.
This comes just weeks after the star became a father for the seventh time at the age of seventy-nine years old.
Now, De Niro is a legend of American cinema, working as an actor producer, and director in his time.
Born in 1943 in New York City, De Niro began his acting career in the 1960s, appearing in various films and stage productions.
He gained critical acclaim for his role in the 1973 film Mean Streets and went on to star in several iconic movies, including Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull and The Godfather Part II. De Niro even won 2 Academy Awards for his role in these last 2 listed movies.
Outside of his professional life, De Niro also shows no sign of slowing down! In fact, the New York native has just welcomed his seventh child, as he revealed in an interview with ET Canada.
In the interview, the star opened up about parenthood while discussing his latest movie, About My Father. Interviewer Brittnee Blair started a question by saying: “I know you have six kids.”
“Seven, actually,” De Niro corrected her. “I just had a baby,” he added.
“I mean, there’s no way around it with kids. I don’t like to have to lay down the law and stuff like that. But, [sometimes] you just have no choice,” he explained in his approach to fatherhood.
“And any parent, I think, would say the same thing. You always want to do the right thing by the children and give them the benefit of the doubt but sometimes you can’t.”
De Niro confirmed that the mother of the newborn is indeed Tiffany Chen, who he has been linked to since 2021.
The pair have been spotted vacationing and eating out together, as per People. The pair worked together in the past, with both having a role in the 2015 movie The Intern, where Chen played a Tai Chi instructor.
Outside of her movie work, Chen is best known for being an acclaimed martial arts professional, having won numerous gold medals and world titles.
In an interview with Gayle King from CBS Mornings, De Niro revealed more details about their new little one.
He revealed the newborn’s name to be Gia Virgina Chen-De Niro, and that she was born on April 6, weighing in at 8 pounds and 6 ounces. He added that she was “planned” and that both him and Chen “wanted this baby.”
He went on to give viewers the first glimpse of the gorgeous little girl, sharing a picture with the outlet. King added that both De Niro and Chen are ‘over the moon’ with their new arrival.
Prior to his relationship with Chen, De Niro had two children with his first wife Diahnne Abbott, Drena, fifty-one, and son Raphael, forty-six.
In 1995, the star then welcomed twin sons Julian and Aaron, twenty-seven, with his girlfriend at the time, Toukie Smith.
De Niro’s previously youngest kids are with his ex-wife Grace Hightower, with whom he shares son Elliot, twenty-five, and daughter Helen Grace, eleven.
Sadly, De Niro has had some devastating news, as his grandson, Drena De Niro’s son Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, has reportedly died.
Drena De Niro shared the news in an Instagram post, writing: “My beautiful sweet angel. I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my belly.
“You have been my joy my heart and all that was ever pure and real in my life. I wish I was with you right now. I wish I was with you.
“I don’t know how to live without you but I’ll try to go on and spread the love and light that you so made me feel in getting to be your mama. You were so deeply loved and appreciated and I wish that love alone could have saved you.
“I’m so sorry my baby. Rest in Peace and Eternal Paradise my darling boy.”
Robert De Niro has since broken his silence over the death of his grandson, who was reportedly found dead on Sunday next to a plate containing a white powdery substance.
“I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” he said. Adding: “We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone. We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo.”
Since then, Drena has shared another post on Instagram, and in the comment section replied to a message asking about the cause of her son’s passing.
His devastated mother said that fentanyl-laced tablets were to blame for his death.
She said: “Someone sold him fentanyl-laced pills that they knew were laced yet still sold them to him.”
“For all these people still f***ing around selling and buying this s**t, my son is gone forever,” she said, expressing her agony and rage against those who deal in these dangerous substances.
Our thoughts go out to family and friends during this difficult time.