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Page Six
8 Jul 2023


NextImg:Robert De Niro looks somber ahead of grandson Leandro’s funeral, family ‘not doing well’

Robert De Niro laid his late grandson, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, to rest in New York City nearly a week after the 19-year-old’s tragic death.

In photos exclusively obtained by Page Six, the “Goodfellas” star, 79, and his relatives were seen departing Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan Saturday to make their way for a cemetery service.

De Niro, who was wearing a black suit and tie, looked downcast as he watched the pallbearers take out his grandson’s coffin and place it into a hearse.

According to The Post, the legendary actor arrived in a black SUV. He was escorted inside the funeral home by security, while Leandro’s parents, Drena De Niro and graffiti artist Carlos Rodriguez, followed.

The “Goodfellas” actor was seen leaving Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan.
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After a brief service, the security placed cones at the entrance before six pallbearers, who were wearing black suits and white gloves, carried the wooden casket out of the venue.

Robert was seen wrapping his arm around his mourning daughter. The “Irishman” star then joined Leandro’s parents in an SUV before driving off.

A source told The Post that the family will be holding a graveside ceremony for Leandro at a cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y., where Robert’s father is also buried.

Robert De Niro at his grandson's funeral.

The movie star wore a black suit and tie.
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A mourner was overheard asking another at one point, “How are you doing?” before quickly backtracking to add, “Actually, I don’t know why I keep asking everyone that — no one is doing well.”

Drena announced her teen son’s death last Sunday in an emotional Instagram tribute to her “beautiful sweet angel.”

“I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my belly,” the filmmaker, 51, captioned a throwback photo at the time. “You have been my joy my heart and all that was ever pure and real in my life.”

Robert De Niro's grandson's funeral.

The Academy Award winner watched his grandson’s casket be placed into a hearse.
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“I wish I was with you right now. I wish I was with you,” Drena continued. “I don’t know how to live without you.”

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“You were so deeply loved and appreciated and I wish that love alone could have saved you,” she concluded. “I’m so sorry my baby. Rest in Peace and Eternal Paradise my darling boy.”

Leandro De Niro Rodriguez.

Rodriguez’s mom, Drena De Niro, announced that her son had died on July 2. He was 19.
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Robert De Niro and his grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez.

Robert said he was “deeply distressed” by his grandson’s untimely death.
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The following day, Robert’s rep released a statement to Page Six on behalf of the Academy Award winner, who was “deeply distressed” by his grandson’s untimely death.

“We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone,” the “Godfather” star said. “We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo.”

While Leandro’s official cause of death is still being investigated, his mother alleged that he died after taking pills that were laced with fentanyl, a “potent synthetic opioid drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use of pain relief and anesthetic,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Leandro De Niro Rodriguez with his mom, Drena, at the beach.

Drena alleged that her son died after taking pills that were laced with fentanyl.
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“Someone sold him fentanyl laced pills that they knew were laced yet still sold them to him,” Drena claimed on Instagram Wednesday in response to a commenter asking how Leandro passed away.

“For all these people still f–king around selling and buying this s–t, my son is gone forever,” she added.

On Friday, Leandro’s family held his wake with several of Robert’s Hollywood peers, including Christopher Walken, Michael Imperioli and Harvey Keitel present.