A heartbreaking Mother’s Day post shows Robert De Niro’s grandson, Leandro, beaming next to his mother just weeks before his tragic death.
Leandro De Niro Rodriguez, 19, is seen smiling in a series of snaps with his lookalike mother Drena in the post on Instagram.
His mother endorsed the family tribute “A Lil bit of Leo”.
Photos show Drena, 51, and long-haired Leandro in a park, as well as the pair cuddling on a bench with a dog.
In another moment, Leandro appears with both Drena and his father, 58-year-old artist Carlos Mare.
Drena, daughter of 79-year-old Hollywood legend De Niro, also shared clips from the 1974 comedy film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – about a mother and son duo.
She posted images from the film – about a widow traveling through the US with her son – and used the name in a hashtag.
Drena captioned the post: “Today was a good day” – with a series of emojis of hearts, flowers and prayer hands.
Fans and friends noticed the strong resemblance between Leandro and Drena – with reality TV personality Victoria Gotti remarking, “My God, you guys look SO much alike!”
While user @sandeeglam wrote: “Mother/Son wowness!!!”
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But Drena confessed that she hadn’t noticed their close appearance and replied, “I won’t notice until I’m out with him.”
“We were pretty sure we were the only mother-son duo in Washington Square Park yesterday, where we saw a few glances and people pointing at us as we walked by,” she revealed.
Comments added today include words of support for grieving mother Drena.
One user, @rogersalloom, wrote: “This is for Leandro’s family. I also lost my grandson.”
The emotional message was published seven weeks before Leandro’s death was announced on Monday.
The legendary actor’s daughter confirmed her son’s death, writing: “My beautiful sweet angel, I have loved you beyond words or description from the moment I felt you in my tummy.
“You have been my joy, my heart and everything that was ever pure and real in my life.
“I wish I was with you right now. I wish I was with you. I don’t know how to live without you, but I will try to carry on and spread the love and light you made me feel this way when I became your mother.
“You were so deeply loved and appreciated and I wish only love could have saved you.”
Drena ended her post by apologizing to father Carlos – as well as her son, whose cause of death has not been revealed.
She wrote, “I’m so sorry my baby, I’m so sorry @carlosmare”.
Actor Robert De Niro has not commented on his grandson’s death, but Leandro had followed in his famous grandfather’s footsteps as an actor.
The teenager, whose exact cause and date of death is unknown, was known for his role in the 2018 film A Star is Born, where he played Leo Stone.
He also appeared in Cabaret Maxime, the same year, and 2005’s The Collection.
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