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Mickey Rooney's wife, estate tussle over actor's remains

Published on Apr 10, 2014 6:02 AM
United States actor Mickey Rooney and then his wife Janice posing when arriving for the 50th anniversary birthday for the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov 3, 2010. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The estranged wife of actor Mickey Rooney and his estate are locked in a legal tussle over the remains of the late Hollywood movie star, who left an estate of only US$18,000 (S$22,500), according to court documents.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Steele will decide at a hearing on Friday whether Rooney's remains will be released from an area mortuary to his wife, Janice Rooney, or to his conservator.

The versatile character actor, who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s, died at age 93 on Sunday from natural causes. He disinherited his wife and all his children in a will dated March 11, leaving his estate to stepson Mark Rooney, who with his wife served as Rooney's caregiver.

Rooney's conservator, Michael Augustine, was granted a court order on Tuesday stopping Janice Rooney from removing the actor's remains from a mortuary in Glendale, California.

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