Robert De Niro in Shock Over Grandson’s Death Due to Fentanyl Overdose
The Hollywood community was left in shock and disbelief after the tragic death of Leandro De Niro, the 19-year-old grandson of legendary actor Robert De Niro. Leandro’s passing in July 2023 was attributed to a fentanyl overdose, a drug that has been at the center of a health crisis in the United States.
In a recent interview with People magazine, Robert De Niro expressed his feelings of shock and disbelief upon learning about his grandson’s untimely death. He also revealed feelings of guilt, pondering about what he could have done to prevent the tragedy from occurring.
“I started thinking about all the things I could have done, maybe should have done with him. I don’t know if that would have changed things. And that’s always on my mind,” said the grieving actor.
When news of Leandro’s death first broke, Robert De Niro requested privacy from the media as he navigated through the tragedy, while Leandro’s mother, Drena De Niro, expressed deep sadness for the loss of her son.
On the seven-month anniversary of Leandro’s passing, Drena posted a heartbreaking message on Instagram, describing how life had felt “completely empty” without her son. The grieving mother lamented the pain, anger, and regret she experienced in the wake of her son’s death, leaving a haunting message that conveyed her yearning to be reunited with him.
The tragic circumstances of Leandro’s death took a shocking turn when 21-year-old New York resident Sophia Marks was arrested in connection with the incident. Marks faces charges of distributing and possessing counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl, one of which was consumed by Leandro with fatal consequences.
According to the criminal complaint, Marks had sold a total of 50 seemingly fake oxycodone pills to an undercover police officer and was found with approximately 156 more of these pills, as well as a significant amount of cash.
The United States Attorney Damian Williams stated that Marks knowingly sold counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, highlighting the lethal consequences of her actions. Marks faces severe penalties for her involvement in the distribution and possession of these deadly substances.
The devastating loss of Leandro De Niro serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by fentanyl and the ongoing battle against the opioid crisis in the United States. The De Niro family, along with the Hollywood community, continues to mourn the loss of the young man while seeking justice for his untimely death.