Mom of Robert De Niro’s Grandson Says He Overdosed After Being Sold Fentanyl-Laced Pills, Dealer Arrested (UPDATE)

A grieving Drena De Niro issued a warning to "all the people still f*cking around selling and buying this sh*t" after losing her 19-year-old son.


UPDATED 8/8, 6:45 p. m. ET: TMZ confirmed that Robert De Niro's grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez died from an accidental overdose.

The autopsy found a "combination of illicit drugs," including Xanax and Fentanyl. Also discovered were bromazolam, 7-aminoclonazepam, ketamine, and cocaine. 

At the crime scene, authorities found "one bag of cocaine, one straw with residue, two blue pills, and seven rectangular tablets believed to be Xanax."

Police stated that the 19-year-old bought fake oxycodone and Xanax pills laced with Fentanyl.

UPDATED 7/14, 7:30 a.m. ET: A woman has reportedly been arrested in connection with the death of Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, Robert De Niro’s grandson.

In a report shared Thursday night, TMZ cited police sources as stating that a 20-year-old woman was arrested in the New York City area. The arrest was reportedly handled by both the NYPD and a federal task force, though the nature of the charges against the woman were not immediately disclosed.

Complex has reached out to an NYPD rep for comment. This story may be updated.

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Robert De Niro's grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez sadly passed away at the age of 19 on Sunday. 

According to Rodriguez's mother Drena De Niro, her son died from taking drugs that were laced with fentanyl. Drena—Robert De Niro's adoptive daughter—confirmed TMZ reports that police are investigating a possible drug overdose, as she replied in an Instagram post's comment section. 

"Someone sold him fentanyl-laced pills that they knew were laced yet still sold them to him," she wrote. "So for all the people still fucking around selling and buying this shit, my son is gone forever."

TMZ previously reported that police found drugs at the scene, near Leandro's body at a New York City apartment. 

Authorities have not announced the official cause of death. The Manhattan D.A. is investigating the case and currently looking for the drug dealer. 

On Monday, Drena, 51, posted an emotional tribute to her late son, saying, "My beautiful sweet angel. I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my belly. You have been my joy, my heart, and all that was ever pure and real in my life. 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, I'm so sorry @carlosmare. Rest in Peace and Eternal Paradise, my darling boy." 

A follow-up on Tuesday included the grieving mother saying, "You were kindness acceptance and love and I can’t believe any of this is real YOU made everything bearable and every burden lighter. 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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