robert de nirothe daughter of Drena De Niro paid tribute to his son, Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, after his death at 19.
“My beautiful sweet angel. I have loved you beyond words or description since the moment I felt you in my womb. You have been my joy, my heart and all that has always been pure and real in my life,” Drena, 51, wrote via Instagram on Sunday, July 2, alongside a photo of the teenager. “Wish I was with you right now. I would like to be with you.
Her caption continued, “I don’t know how to live without you but I will try to carry on and spread the love and light that you made me feel so much by becoming your mom. You were so deeply loved and appreciated and I wish love alone could save you 😞.
Drena shared her son with the artist carlos mare, which she included in her emotional statement. “I’m so sorry baby, I’m so sorry @carlosmare 😢💔. Rest in peace and eternal heaven my darling boy 🙏🏽💔💔💔💔💔🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️,” she wrote.
Mare left a thoughtful tribute in the comments section, writing, “😢 My dear Drena…words are not enough to express the joy he gave us or the loss we are now experiencing with our families and friends. He is the godson now. 🙏🏼 On this full moon his spirit illuminates what could not be seen in the dark. You can’t spell LOVE without LEO 👼💔💔.
Celebrities including Andy Cohen And Naomi Campbell sent their condolences to the actress and her loved ones. “Drena, I’m so sad to hear about handsome Leo. Sending you all my love ❤️,” Cohen, 55, commented.
Campbell, 53, added: “Drena is heartbroken for you, such a duo, I can’t imagine how you must feel, may the lord cover you and hold you, in this moment and this loss very sad.. I love you, always there for you 🕊️💔🙏🏾.”
Before his death, Leandro followed in the acting footsteps of his mother and grandfather. He appeared alongside Drena in 2018 A star is bornplaying the son of Dave Chappelleby George “Noodles” Stone. The mother-son couple previously worked together in 2005 The collection and 2018 Maxim Cabaret.
The 79-year-old Oscar-winning actor has yet to publicly comment on his grandson’s passing.
With Drena, whom he adopted while he was married to Diahne Abbott, Robert has six children. He shares son Raphael with Abbott, from whom he separated in 1988 after 12 years of marriage. THE Freedmen the actor then welcomed twins Julian and Aaron with Toukie Smith via surrogate in 1995, a year before the couple called it quits.
THE Internal star then tied the knot with Grace Hightower in 1997, and the duo welcomed son Elliot the following year. They briefly separated in 1999 before renewing their vows in 2004. His daughter Helen was born via surrogate in 2011. The ex-spouses separated permanently in 2018.
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Earlier this year, Robert shocked fans with the news of the arrival of his seventh child. He revealed in May that he welcomed a baby girl with a girlfriend Tiffany Chenwho he was first linked to in 2021.