Actor Robert De Niro mourns the loss of his grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, who died at the age of just 19. The boy’s mother has now commented on Instagram about the cause of death. According to this, her son was sold adulterated tablets. “Someone sold him fentanyl-laced pills,” Drena De Niro wrote in a comment below the post announcing Leandro’s death. The grieving mother also explained that the dealers even knew that the pills were adulterated. “But they sold them to him anyway.” She wants everyone who sells and buys something like this to know: “My son is gone forever.”

Fentanyl is a man-made drug. It is around 50 times stronger than heroin and widely used in the US. US rapper Coolio also died from an overdose of fentanyl last year. Since Leandro’s death, Drena De Niro has posted many pictures and remembered the good times with her son.

For Robert De Niro, joy and sorrow are close together this year. His youngest child, daughter Gia, was only born on April 6th. Only a few weeks later he mourns the loss of his grandson. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” the actor said in a statement. The family is “very grateful for the expressions of condolence” that have reached them. However, they are now asking for privacy in order to be able to mourn.

Leandro De Niro Rodriguez wanted to follow in his famous grandfather’s footsteps. In 2018 he had a small role in the film “A Star Is Born”. His mother Drena also works as an actress.

Robert De Niro has seven children in total. Drena and her brother Raphael are from Robert De Niro’s marriage to his ex-wife Diahnne Abbott. Twins Aaron and Julian are from a relationship with Toukie Smith. He has a son, Elliott, and a daughter, Helen, with his ex-wife, Grace Hightower. Little Gia was born to De Niro’s current partner, Tiffany Chen.