Sign In  |  Register  |  About Menlo Park  |  Contact Us

Menlo Park, CA
September 01, 2020 1:28pm
7-Day Forecast | Traffic
  • Search Hotels in Menlo Park

  • CHECK-IN:
  • CHECK-OUT:
  • ROOMS:

Robert De Niro says grandson's fentanyl overdose 'shouldn't have happened'

Robert De Niro wondered if he could have "made a difference" for his late grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez who died of a fentanyl overdose last summer.

Robert De Niro will forever mourn the death of his late grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez who died of an overdose in July. He was 19.

"It’s just a shock," he told People magazine. "[I] never thought it would happen."

One month after Leandro died, New York's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed to Fox News Digital that his cause of death was due to the "toxic effects of fentanyl, bromazolam, alprazolam, 7-aminoclonazepam, ketamine, and cocaine." 

ROBERT DE NIRO'S GRANDSON'S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED

De Niro remembered feeling "disbelief" upon hearing about Leandro's death. Leandro is the son of De Niro's oldest daughter, Drena, with ex Diahnne Abbott. 

The "Killers of the Flower Moon" actor adopted Drena when he and Diahnne married in 1976. They divorced 12 years later in 1988. 

ROBERT DE NIRO'S DAUGHTER POSTS TRAGIC TRIBUTE TO HER 19-YEAR-OLD SON: ‘YOU DIDN’T DESERVE TO DIE LIKE THIS'

"My grandson, on July 2nd of last year, he was … he overdosed with fentanyl," De Niro said. "He was just about … going to be 20. It's awful."

APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW POST

"And I just then started thinking about all the things I could have, should have done maybe with him. I don't know if that would've made a difference. And so that's always playing through my mind."

Rodriguez's manner of death was ruled an accident, according to the medical examiner.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

De Niro added, "It's not a good thing for anybody. It shouldn't have happened."

APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW POST

Drena, an actress and filmmaker, worked alongside her son in multiple projects, including "A Star is Born."

Sofia Haley Marks, 20, was arrested in connection with Rodriguez's death in July. Marks allegedly sold Rodriguez drugs before he was found dead July 2 in his Manhattan apartment. 

She appeared in a Manhattan federal court two weeks later on three federal narcotics charges and agreed to remain behind bars until she requests bail at a later date. Prosecutors said at the time that they would oppose a request for her release.

"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," the Academy award-winning actor said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital.

Data & News supplied by www.cloudquote.io
Stock quotes supplied by Barchart
Quotes delayed at least 20 minutes.
By accessing this page, you agree to the following
Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.
 
 
Copyright © 2010-2020 MenloPark.com & California Media Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.