Robert De Niro’s grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, has passed away. He was just 19.
“I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo. We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone. We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo,” he said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital.
De Niro’s eldest child, daughter Drena De Niro, also shared her grief in a statement to Fox News Digital, “It is with immeasurable shock and sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved son Leo. We thank you for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we are given privacy at this time to process this inconsolable grief.”
Drena had previously shared the devastating news to her Instagram.
New York City police told The Associated Press that “an 18-year-old male was found unconscious, unresponsive and was pronounced deceased by EMS on scene” at a Wall Street address that houses the Cipriani Club Residences. Leandro had only recently celebrated his 19th birthday, according to reports. A cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.
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De Niro has seven children, having recently welcomed daughter Gia with girlfriend Tiffany Chen.
Robert De Niro adopted his daughter Drena while married to first wife Diahnne Abbott. (Gregg DeGuire Gregg DeGuire/JB Lacroix)
Drena, 51, is an actress and filmmaker who starred alongside her son in three projects, including “A Star is Born.”
Film producer Lee Daniels commented, “Drena may GOD keep you in his arms,” while Lenny Kravitz wrote, “Dearest Drena, sending my deepest condolences to you and the family. This is all beyond words at the moment. I love you.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.