A suspect is now in custody in connection with the heartbreaking demise of Leandro De Niro-Rodriguez, the grandson of renowned actor Robert De Niro. The person arrested is reportedly Sofia Haley Marks, a 20-year-old woman known as the “Percocet Princess.” She faces federal drug distribution charges and is scheduled to appear in court this Friday.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to representatives for the Oscar-winning star to gather more information, but at this moment, they haven’t received any response.
Leandro’s mother, Drena De Niro, confirmed the devastating news of her 19-year-old son’s passing. His lifeless body was discovered on July 2 in Lower Manhattan, and while an official cause of death is yet to be established, Drena disclosed on social media that it was a result of an accidental overdose.
In an emotional Instagram comment, Drena expressed her pain and anger, blaming those who knowingly sold fentanyl-laced pills to her son, leading to his untimely demise.
In response to the tragedy, Robert De Niro issued a heart-wrenching statement, expressing profound distress over the loss of his beloved grandson, Leo. He conveyed his gratitude for the condolences received and pleaded for privacy during this incredibly difficult time for the family.
Earlier this month, Leandro was laid to rest in New York City, and during the funeral, several notable figures, including Christopher Walken, Michael Imperioli, and Harvey Keitel, paid their respects, alongside his iconic grandfather. The loss of this young aspiring actor has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him and admired his talent.