They arrested a woman related to the death of Robert De Niro’s grandson
In the last hours, the New York police arrested a woman related to the death of Leandro, the 19-year-old grandson of Robert De Niro who died on July 2 for overdose.
Sofia Haley Marks, the accused drug dealer
This is Sofia Haley Marks, 20, who is accused of selling drugs to the young man some time before he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. According to the New York Post, the woman nicknamed “the Percocet princess” was arrested on Thursday around 6:00 p.m., in an undercover operation carried out by the police forces.
Marks was charged federally with distributing narcotics. According to unofficial sources, the investigators would be making an exhaustive record of what they found at her home. However, a spokesman for the New York police told the Daily Mail that he could not confirm the woman’s arrest because it was an ongoing investigation.
The tragic discovery
A few weeks ago, after some of his friends became concerned about the lack of response of the young man, they found the lifeless body of De Niro inside his apartment located in Manhattan, which is valued at 950 thousand dollars. Leandro De Niro was sitting in a chair next to a white powder and there was no sign of violence at the scene.
A quiet Sunday shattered
Leandro De Niro Rodríguez was 19 years old. The residents of the building told the media that it was a quiet Sunday in the neighborhood when, suddenly Suddenly, an ambulance and a fire truck arrived to break the silence of the day. A few hours later, the authorities removed the lifeless body of the Hollywood star’s grandson.
A mother’s heartbreaking message
It was her mother, Drena, who was in charge of telling the world the sad news through her Instagram account. Drena is one of De Niro’s seven children. The woman was adopted by the actor when he married his mother, Diahnne Abbott, in 1976.
“My beautiful, sweet angel. I have loved you, from the first moment I felt you in my belly, beyond what words can express or describe,” the grieving mother began writing. “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 would like to be with you. I don’t know how to live without you, but I will try to move on and spread the love and light that you made me feel so much by becoming your mom. You were so deeply loved and cherished… I wish love could have saved you,” she continued.
Robert De Niro’s statement
“I am deeply distressed by the passing of my beloved grandson Leo,” De Niro said in a statement he sent to the media. “We are very grateful for everyone’s condolences. We ask that we be given privacy to mourn his loss,” he added.
The truth behind the tragedy
Drena was in charge of telling the world how her son died. “Someone sold him pills that had fentanyl, they knew what they were doing and sold them anyway,” the woman told her Instagram account when a user asked her if she knew why Leandro had died. “For those people who tamper with those damn pills and sell them, my son is gone forever,” she said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. “As little as two milligrams of fentanyl, the small amount that enters the tip of a pencil, is considered potentially lethal,” reported the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The promising career cut short
Leandro, an aspiring actor and director, was following in the professional footsteps of his mother and his grandfather. In his short 19 years, he had landed small roles in films like A Star Is Born and Cabaret Maxime, both released in 2018, and The Collection.