Robert De Niro Opens Up About his Grandson’s Tragic Death

Last year, Robert De Niro suffered a devastating loss when his grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, passed away at the young age of 19. Leandro, the son of Robert’s adopted daughter Drena, died from an accidental overdose in July 2023. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office determined that his death was caused by a toxic combination of drugs.

In the wake of this tragedy, Robert De Niro has been grappling with a sense of guilt and what-ifs. In a recent interview with PEOPLE Magazine, the iconic actor revealed that thoughts of what he could have done differently are “always playing” through his mind. He wonders if there was anything he could have done that might have prevented this heartbreaking outcome. He expressed his deep regret, saying, “It shouldn’t have happened.”

The loss of a loved one is never easy, and the pain Robert De Niro and his family experienced is unimaginable. Leandro’s mother, Drena, expressed her grief in a heartfelt social media post, describing her son as her “beautiful sweet angel” and expressing her deep love for him.

As the family continues to mourn and heal, it is important to remember Leandro and the impact he had on their lives. His funeral was a solemn occasion, where Robert De Niro was seen looking somber as he paid his respects alongside family and close friends.

Our thoughts and love go out to the De Niro family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy, but may they find comfort in the memories they shared with Leandro. Rest in peace, Leandro.