Robert De Niro consoles daughter after grandson’s tragic death

Robert De Niro’s family is mourning the untimely death of his grandson Leandro, who was found dead on Sunday.

The 79-year-old star was seen with the late teen’s parents, Drena De Niro (her adopted daughter) and artist Carlos Rodriguez, as they visited a funeral home in New York City on Monday evening.

Robert stepped into an SUV from his apartment and was driven a short distance to the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home.

The actor covered his face with a surgical mask, while Leandro’s parents looked downcast as they grappled with the loss of their son.

It was a heartbreaking journey after which Drena posted an emotional Instagram, detailing the last time she held him.

“I can barely type with my tears, but all the loveI am yet to respond to the messages, calls, texts, emails, friends and family who have supported me over the last 24 hours but we are grateful for all your love and condolences.

leandro de niro© Drena De Niro on Instagram
Robert De Niro’s grandson Leandro De Niro has died at the age of 19

Alongside a photo of Leo, she continued: “None of this is right or fair and my heart hurts in a way I never knew it was still breathing and barely functioning .

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“Leo my love, I love you today as much as the first day I held you in my arms. The same man who picked us up from the hospital when you were born, took us to the funeral home where I touched and held you for the last time.”

Robert De Niro smiling on the red carpet with his daughter, Drena De Niro in 2016© Getty Images
Robert De Niro with his daughter Drena De Niro in 2016

Drena said: “You were kindness, acceptance and love and I can’t believe any of that is real, you made everything bearable and every burden lightened. You didn’t deserve to die like this, But I can only believe that God needed a strong mighty angel in his army.

“I will keep you in my heart and memories every moment, every moment, until I am with you again. My heart is broken forever. I love you daddy and your family, I love you, I love you with every beat of my crying heart.”

Robert De Niro with his daughter Drena © Patrick McMullan
Robert De Niro with his daughter Drena

Fans, friends and famous faces commented, with model Naomi Campbell writing: “Leo will always be with you your guardian angel. Can’t stop thinking about you, and the pain you are going through. Know you are not alone are,” while a dear one said: “Drena my heart hurts so much for you I have no words other than to say I love you and send love to your family and your boy. God bless him Give.”

The visit to the funeral home came after Robert’s son-in-law Carlos broke his silence on his son’s death on Instagram. “It is with immense shock and sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved son Leo. We thank you for your co-operation, love and support and ask that we be given privacy at this time to deal with immeasurable grief.”

Drena, Carlos and Leandro smiling for a selfie at home© Drena De Niro on Instagram
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They posted a photo montage of years with their son and Carlos wrote a second message, which read: “Thank you for your messages of support. @drenadeniro and our families are grateful. You can’t pronounce love without Leo.” “

Carlos is the husband of the Goodfellas actor’s eldest daughter, Drena. Drena was adopted by Robert when he was married to Diahanne in 1976, and she has an incredibly close relationship with her famous father.

Robert De Niro at the world premiere of "amsterdam"  Held on September 18, 2022 at Alice Tully Hall in New York City© Getty
Robert is supporting his daughter during this sad time

Robert also released a statement following his grandson’s passing. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” the Oscar-winning actor told Page Six on Monday.

“We greatly appreciate everyone’s condolences. We request that we be granted privacy as we grieve the passing of Leo.”