Robert De Niro joined by daughter Drena and friend Harvey Keitel at wake for grandson Leandro, 18

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Robert De Niro has attended the wake for his 18-year-old grandson Leandro – who died earlier this week after taking fentanyl-laced pills.

The teenager’s lifeless body was found sitting in a chair beside white powder inside a $950,000, one-bedroom apartment on Wall Street in New York on Sunday.

His mother Drena De Niro – an American actress adopted by De Niro after the actor married her mother, Diahnne Abbott in 1976 – announced his death on Monday.

On Thursday the family held a wake in New York City at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The funeral chapel has also tended to the corpses of Judy Garland, Heath Ledger, John Lennon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The 79-year-old Oscar-winner was supported by Harvey Keitel, his Taxi Driver co-star and friend of 50 years, and Keitel’s wife, Canadian film director Daphna Kastner.

Robert De Niro is seen at his grandson Leandro's wake in New York City on Thursday

Robert De Niro is seen at his grandson Leandro’s wake in New York City on Thursday

Leandro's parents Drena De Niro and Carlos Rodriguez, an artist, are seen on Thursday arriving at the funeral home

Leandro’s parents Drena De Niro and Carlos Rodriguez, an artist, are seen on Thursday arriving at the funeral home

Drena De Niro is seen hugging Harvey Keitel after Thursday's ceremony

Drena De Niro is seen hugging Harvey Keitel after Thursday’s ceremony

Keitel, 84, is seen leaving the funeral chapel on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Keitel, 84, is seen leaving the funeral chapel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

Drena De Niro said on Instagram she was horrified that fentanyl-laced pills could be sold

Drena De Niro said on Instagram she was horrified that fentanyl-laced pills could be sold

Drena De Niro, 51, announced the tragic loss of her son Leandro on Monday, saying: 'I wish that love alone could have saved you.' Leandro is pictured with his mother Drena and grandfather

Drena De Niro, 51, announced the tragic loss of her son Leandro on Monday, saying: ‘I wish that love alone could have saved you.’ Leandro is pictured with his mother Drena and grandfather

Robert De Niro covered his face with a newspaper as left his home to travel to the funeral chapel.

Drena De Niro arrived hand in hand with her ex-husband, Carlos Rodriguez, a 51-year-old artist and Leandro’s father. 

The actor, who became a father of seven when he welcomed a daughter with his girlfriend in April, said in a statement issued earlier this week that he was ‘deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo.’ 

He added: ‘We’re greatly appreciative of the condolences from everyone. We ask that we please be given privacy to grieve our loss of Leo.’ 

Drena is Robert De Niro’s eldest child.

He is also father to Raphael, a 46-year-old real estate broker; twin sons Aaron and Julian, an actor, both 27; Elliot, a 25-year-old with autism who has competed in the Special Olympics in tennis; and Helen, aged 11.

On April 3 this year the actor welcomed daughter Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro with his partner, Tiffany Chen, 45. 

Drena announced the death of her son on Monday. 

She later added a close-up monochrome photograph of Leandro laughing, thanking friends and family members who had offered support in the wake of his unexpected death. 

Drena De Niro posted a monochrome photograph of her 18-year-old son Leandro on Instagram, along with a heart-breaking caption about holding him for the final time at a funeral home

Drena De Niro posted a monochrome photograph of her 18-year-old son Leandro on Instagram, along with a heart-breaking caption about holding him for the final time at a funeral home 

Harvey Keitel and his wife are seen arriving for Thursday's wake

Harvey Keitel and his wife are seen arriving for Thursday’s wake

Keitel is seen with his wife, Canadian film director Daphna Kastner

Keitel is seen with his wife, Canadian film director Daphna Kastner

Mourners are seen arriving to pay their respects on Thursday

Mourners are seen arriving to pay their respects on Thursday

A crowd of besuited well wishers were seen arriving at the Upper East Side venue

A crowd of besuited well wishers were seen arriving at the Upper East Side venue

Robert De Niro was surrounded by friends and family on Thursday

Robert De Niro was surrounded by friends and family on Thursday

The teenager's sudden death sparked an outpouring of sympathy for the family

The teenager’s sudden death sparked an outpouring of sympathy for the family

Flowers are seen being delivered to Robert De Niro's Manhattan home

Flowers are seen being delivered to Robert De Niro’s Manhattan home

A mourner is seen leaving the funeral home on Thursday

A mourner is seen leaving the funeral home on Thursday

The De Niro family's friends and relatives all gathered at the Upper East Side venue

The De Niro family’s friends and relatives all gathered at the Upper East Side venue

Keitel is seen outside the Upper East Side funeral home

Keitel is seen outside the Upper East Side funeral home

Keitel and Drena De Niro are seen leaving the wake on Thursday

Keitel and Drena De Niro are seen leaving the wake on Thursday

A crowd of mourners is pictured on Thursday leaving the well-known funeral home

A crowd of mourners is pictured on Thursday leaving the well-known funeral home

The wake for the teenager was held on Thursday as his family is left reeling from his untimely death

The wake for the teenager was held on Thursday as his family is left reeling from his untimely death

The teenager was starting out on an acting career, following in his grandfather's footsteps

The teenager was starting out on an acting career, following in his grandfather’s footsteps

Leandro's family have told of their shock and devastation at his untimely death

Leandro’s family have told of their shock and devastation at his untimely death

‘I can barely type through my tears but all the love, the messages, calls, texts, emails, the friends and family that held me up these last 24 hrs I’ve not been able to respond yet but we’re grateful for the all your love and condolences,’ she said. 

‘None of this is right or fair and my heart hurts in a way I never knew possible while still breathing and barely functioning. 

‘Leo my darling I love you today like the first day I held you in my arms.’ 

The grieving mother added that she was taken to the funeral home where she ‘touched and held’ her son for the final time, by the same driver who picked them up from the hospital when he was born.    

‘You were kindness acceptance and love and I can’t believe any of this is real YOU made everything bearable and every burden lighter,’ she added. 

Drena De Niro's heart-breaking post about holding her 18-year-old son for the 'last time'

Drena De Niro’s heart-breaking post about holding her 18-year-old son for the ‘last time’

‘You didn’t deserve to die like this but I can only believe that God needed a strong powerful angel in their army. 

‘I’m holding you every second of every moment in my heart and memories until I’m with you again. My heart is broken forever. 

‘Me daddy and your family love you , I love I love you with every beat of my crying heart.’

She also shared a series of photographs of Leandro with her 27.5k followers on her Instagram Story, including some of him as a younger child. 

Leandro’s father, artist Carlos Rodriguez, posted a black square on Instagram on the day of his son’s death. 

Rodriguez has been quieter in the wake of the tragedy, but he too recently shared a reel showing photographs of Leandro and their family, featuring the song Blessings by Hollow Coves. 

He shared the reel alongside the caption: ‘Thank you for your messages of support. 

‘Drena De Niro and our families are grateful. You can’t spell love without Leo.’ 

Aspiring actor and director Leandro was following in his mother and grandfather’s career footsteps, landing small roles in 2018’s A Star Is Born and Cabaret Maxime and 2005’s The Collection.

Leandro's mother - an American actress adopted by De Niro after the actor married her mother, Diahnne Abbott in 1976 - announced his death on Monday, saying: 'I wish that love alone could have saved you'

Leandro’s mother – an American actress adopted by De Niro after the actor married her mother, Diahnne Abbott in 1976 – announced his death on Monday, saying: ‘I wish that love alone could have saved you’

Aspiring actor and director Leandro was following in his mother and grandfather's career footsteps, landing small roles in 2018's A Star Is Born and Cabaret Maxime and 2005's The Collection.

Aspiring actor and director Leandro was following in his mother and grandfather’s career footsteps, landing small roles in 2018’s A Star Is Born and Cabaret Maxime and 2005’s The Collection.

His mother had a relatively transient lifestyle thanks to her father’s vibrant career and split her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Italy.

Drena left school and explored the arts, turning her hand to a whole host of career paths including modeling, DJing and fashion consulting. 

She eventually decided to follow in De Niro’s footsteps and soon found her feet as an actress and filmmaker.

Her first role was in Allison Anders’ Grace of My Heart in 1996 and she went on to star in several of her father’s films including 1999’s On The Run, 2002’s City By The Sea and 2002’s Showtime.

De Niro split with Drena’s mother in 1988 but the Hollywood A-lister remained in her life nonetheless.

She made him a grandfather in 2003 when she welcomed Leandro with her then-boyfriend Carlos Rodriguez.

Drena, who currently lives in New York, has since turned her attention to directing, and she also describes herself as being trained in Muay Thai and martial arts.

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