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Robert De Niro Details Moment He Learned of Grandson Leandro’s Death

Robert De Niro is reflecting on his family’s devastating loss. 

More than seven months after the Academy Award winner’s 19-year-old grandson Leandro De Niro Rodriguez died from an accidental drug overdose, he recounted the moment he learned of the tragedy. 

“It’s just a shock,” Robert told People in an interview published Feb. 7 of hearing the news. “Never thought it would happen.”

The 80-year-old added, “And I just then started thinking about all the things I could have, should have done maybe with him. I don’t know if that would’ve made a difference. And so that’s always playing through my mind. It shouldn’t have happened.”

In July, Leandro—who was the son of Robert’s daughter Drena De Niro—was found unresponsive inside a New York City residence where he was pronounced dead. A month later his cause of death was attributed to the “toxic effects of fentanyl, bromazolam, alprazolam, 7-aminoclonazepam, ketamine, and cocaine,” New York City’s chief medical examiner confirmed to TMZ.

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