Robert De Niro’s eldest daughter, Drena, has spoken out about her son’s tragic cause of death after he was found unresponsive on Sunday afternoon.
While his cause of death hasn’t been officially confirmed by a toxicology report, Drena claimed in an Instagram comment: “Someone sold him fentanyl laced pills that they knew were laced yet still sold them to him.
“So for all these people still f***ing around selling and buying this s***, my son is gone forever.” (sic)
Sources told TMZ that Leandro was found dead sitting in a chair in a New York City apartment that he was housesitting on Sunday afternoon.
His body had reportedly been found by a friend who had stopped by to check on him as they hadn’t heard from Leandro in a few days.
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New York Police Department previously told Express.co.uk that the Chief Medical Examiner will now determine the cause of death.
Drena revealed the death of her only son on Monday in a heartfelt Instagram post, sharing a snap of the 19-year-old and emotionally sharing: “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 .”
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Shortly after the devastating news was revealed, 79-year-old Robert shared his own statement saying: “I’m deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo. We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone.”
The Goodfellas star also added a request that he and his family “be given privacy to grieve our loss” which was later echoed by his adoptive daughter.
Yesterday, Drena shared another heartbreaking update with fans, alongside a black and white snap of Leandro, writing: “I can barely type through my tears but all the love, the messages, calls, texts, emails, the friends and family that held me up these last 24 hrs I’ve not been able to respond yet but we’re grateful for the all your love and condolences.
“None of this is right or fair and my heart hurts in a way I never knew possible while still breathing and barely functioning.”
Speaking directly to her late son, the 51-year-old continued: “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.
“You didn’t deserve to die like this but I can only believe that God needed a strong powerful angel in their army.”
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