Robert De Niro is reportedly struggling after being hit with tragic news

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Robert De Niro lost one of his most beloved family members and is said to be in a dark place. Here's what happened.

Robert De Niro was struck with a tragic and devastating loss recently, proving that death doesn’t spare anyone, famous or not, old or young, rich or poor.

Just a few months after the Goodfellas actor announced the birth of his seventh child with his girlfriend Tiffany Chen, at the age of 79. But amidst the happy news, tragedy struck the De Niro family, and took away with it, one of its young members. This horrific incident left Robert De Niro in a dark place. Here’s what happened.

Robert De Niro’s tragic loss

It is said that Robert De Niro isn’t in a great place following the tragic and untimely loss of his grandson Leandro. Leo, who passed away earlier this month, was found dead in his apartment on Wall Street. Leandro was similar to his grandfather, given that he was an aspiring actor, has played a small part in the movie ‘A Star Is Born’.

Being the son of 51-year-old Drena De Niro (Robert’s oldest child) has left an enormous gaping hole in the lives of the entire De Niro clan.

More details on Leandro’s death

Leandro was found unconscious and unresponsive in his home earlier this month. And he was soon identified and pronounced dead by EMS, as per reports by the NYPD.

While there is no official statement of confirmation by the police on the cause of the death, there are some speculations floating around. As per Entertainment Daily, Drena has said that her son died as the result of “fentanyl-laced pills” provided by someone who knew they were dangerous. She also said that Leandro did not deserve this, in an Instagram post. Her post started out by thanking her Instagram family for the messages, calls, and emails, and then she went on to mourn her beloved son. This is what she said in her Instagram post:

"None of this is right or fair and my heart hurts in a way I never knew possible while still breathing and barely functioning. Leo my darling I love you today like the first day I held you in my arms,"
“You didn't deserve to die like this but I can only believe that God needed a strong powerful angel in their army. I'm holding you every second of every moment I'm my heart and memories until I'm with you again."

Despite this claim, the investigation is still happening, so there is no actual evidence of anything as of yet. The Office of the Chief Medical examiner is yet to determine the actual reason for Leandro’s death, as per Insider.

Robert De Niro’s reaction to the death

It is said that the Taxi Driver actor is in bad shape ever since hearing about Leandro’s passing. He was allegedly keeping a low profile and seemed emotional and sombre during Leonardo’s wake. He also requested privacy as the family mourned the tragic loss of its young member.

As per Radar Online, a source said the following on Robert’s current state of mind, after the loss:

“Bob had a real fondness for Leo. He’s retreated to a very dark place. Everyone’s praying he finds the strength he needs to carry on.”

Besides this, Robert De Niro has released a statement as well, about the tragic loss of his beloved family member, he said the following.

I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson, Leo. We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone.”

The world is pouring in condolences and love to the De Niro family, and is praying for Robert De Niro to find the strength to carry on despite this horrific loss.

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