A medical examiner in New York City disclosed Robert De Niro’s grandson, Leandro, 19, cause of death.

Specifically, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez’s death was “due to the toxic effects of fentanyl, bromazepam, alprazolam, 7-amino clonazepam, ketamine, and cocaine,” according to Fox News.

Leandro died on July 2 in New York City. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

Leandro’s body was discovered in an iconic Lower Manhattan building. The Guardian reported that shortly after his death, his mother, Drena De Nero posted to Instagram:

“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.”

The Insider reported that in a follow-up post, Drena noted her son “didn’t deserve to die like this” and called him her “sweet angel.”

Drena added: “Fake pills are everywhere. All over the world, and kids don’t know it. My son was poisoned by a bad batch of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.”

This tragic incident underscores the increasing dangers of drug consumption in our society. With illicit drugs becoming more potent and sometimes laced with lethal substances, users, especially the youth, are at a heightened risk.


US Magazine noted Drena saying: “It’s heartbreaking to lose my beloved son this way,” Carlos Mare, Leandro’s father, added, “Leandro’s spirit shines even in darkness.”

Actor Robert De Niro shared his grief, saying, “We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received. We ask for privacy as we grieve.”

According to NBC New York, despite his young age, Leandro had showcased his talents by acting in various projects, including a notable role alongside his mother in Bradley Cooper’s renowned film “A Star Is Born.”

This sad occurrence serves as a stern reminder of the ongoing battle against the opioid crisis and the significant dangers of substance abuse. Society must continue its efforts in education and prevention to protect our youth from such tragic outcomes.

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