Robert De Niro broke silence over the death of his teenage actor grandson, who was found dead on his chair in his million-dollar NYC apartment on Sunday near a plate of white powdery substance.
“I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” De Niro said in a statement. “We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone. We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo.”
Leandro De Niro was the son of Robert’s adopted daughter, Drena, 51, and artist Carlos Rodriguez. The couple welcomed Leandro in 2004.
Leandro’s death was confirmed by his mom Drena in a heartbreaking post on Instagram.
“My beautiful sweet angel,” she wrote alongside a picture of Leo on Instagram.
“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 , I’m so sorry @carlosmare. Rest in Peace and Eternal Paradise my darling boy.
The teen was found lifeless in his $950,000, one-bedroom apartment in the Cipriani Club Residences on Wall Street.
He was found dead, sitting in his chair. According to Daily Mail, an insider revealed that there was a white powdery substance present in a plate near the dead Leo and there was no sign of trauma.
Leo was found dead by one of his friends, who was checking in on him after receiving no response from him for days.
“The concierge at 55 Wall Street confirmed that Leandro lived in the building. He’d lived alone in the upscale sixth-floor apartment, renting the unit for less than a year, he said. The apartment is located in the same stone building as Cipriani, a luxury venue for events,” wrote Daily Mail.
He said Leo was a friendly man who always said hello whenever he saw him.
“I’d see him every now and then, and he’d always say hi,” the concierge said. “He just was friendly, kept to himself. I didn’t know who he was until I read the story. It’s a tragedy. I was just talking to my coworker that said my daughter just turned 20. You see his (Leandro’s) picture, he was a baby.”
The concierge said he has never seen De Niro at the apartment.
Leandro was following his mum and grandfather’s footsteps and was pursuing a career in acting. The teen appeared in multiple roles alongside his mother including A Star Is Born (2018), The Collection (2005), and Cabaret Maxime (2018).
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Source: Daily Mail