Mickey Rooney's Remains To Be Given To (A) His Lawyer Or (B) His Estranged Wife
In the wake of Rooney's death, the fate of his body is to be decided by a Los Angeles judge.
An LA judge is to decide the fate of the late Mickey Rooney’s remains after the actor passed away on Sunday. At the moment, the choice is between leaving Rooney’s remains with his lawyer, Michael Augustine, or his estranged eighth wife. According to court documents, Rooney has also left his modest estate to his stepson, Mark Aber. The actor had rewritten his last will, leaving his $18,000 (£10,726) estate to Mark who had served, with his wife, as his caregiver. His other stepson, Christopher Aber, is not mentioned in the will, having previously been sued by Rooney for elder abuse and fiscal mismanagement, BBC News reports.
The New York-born actor died at age 93.
Christopher and Mark Aber, also known as Mark Rooney, are both the sons of Janice Rooney, who married Mickey in 1978. In his final will, the actor disinherited his wife and the rest of his children. Michael Augustine was granted a court order on Tuesday preventing Janice Rooney from removing the actor's remains from a mortuary in Glendale, California.
Mickey Rooney at Oscars after party with children Charlene and Mark.
The actor delighted moviegoers throughout his nine decades in cinema, having starred in films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. His personal life, however, was far more complicated. In 2011, the actor testified before a US Senate committee that he had been emotionally and financially abused by family members. He was not living with his wife at the time of his death.
According to his lawyer, the actor owned a burial plot northwest of Los Angeles but had recently said he wanted to be buried in Hollywood or a veterans' cemetery.