Alarming reports emerge over well being of Robert De Niro, 80, after grandson’s funeral

Following the unexpected death of his grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez earlier this month, Robert De Niro is in a “very dark place.”

Leandro was reportedly discovered deceased on July 2 at a New York residence. Although there has been no official announcement of the cause of death by authorities, speculation has suggested that he overdosed on fentanyl.

Since the news of his grandson’s passing this week surfaced, Robert De Niro has finally spoken out.

De Niro himself has now released a statement surrounding the tragedy, with a representative stating:

“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.”

De Niro’s adopted daughter Drena, 55, took to social media to confirm her son’s sudden passing, writing on Instagram: “My beautiful sweet angel. I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my belly.”

The actress continued: “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,” Drena concluded, ended her tribute, also tagging Leandro’s artist father, Carlos Rodriguez in the post. “Rest in Peace and Eternal Paradise my darling boy.”

Later, Drena posted another heartbreaking remembrance of her kid, confessing that she was sobbing so hard that she “can barely type” at the time. “None of this is right or fair and my heart hurts in a way I never knew possible while still breathing and barely functioning,” the devastated mother said.

“The same man that picked us up from the hospital when you were born drove us to the funeral home where I touched and held you for the last time … I’m holding you every second of every moment I’m my heart and memories until I’m with you again,” she added.

According to a spokesperson for the New York Police Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, “an 18-year-old male was found unconscious, unresponsive and was pronounced deceased by EMS on scene” after officers responded to a 911 call at around 2:23 on Sunday.

Some sources claim that Robert De Niro is on the verge of breaking after losing his grandchild and welcoming his seventh child this year.

De Niro may eventually “crack” due to these enormous life upheavals, an insider who has previously worked with the actor has revealed: “Knowing De Niro is knowing a guy who isn’t affected much by the ups and downs of life. His attitude is that emotions are for the screen, and in real life he goes out of his way to present an icy-calm, rock-steady demeanour.”

The insider continued: “He’s seen a lot and been through a lot. He doesn’t have anything to prove to anybody at this point, and he can still snap his finger and get a movie made, which is the definition of power in Hollywood but he has had an absolutely crazy 2023.”

Drena is the oldest of De Niro’s seven children – the youngest of whom is only a few months old – and her mother is the Casino actor’s first wife Diahnne Abbott.