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Mikey Rooney's Family Feuding Where to Bury the Body

His conservator and one son say the iconic movie star wanted to be buried in Hollywood while his estranged wife wants to bury him in Westlake Village.

Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.
Mickey Rooney and Princess Samantha Kennedy. Patch file photo.

Two factions of Mickey Rooney's family are feuding over the body in a dispute over where he anted to be buried.

They were in court Tuesday, when a judge ruled that no one can claim the body from the mortuary until the squabble is resolved, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93 in Studio City, where he was living with his stepson, Mark Rooney, and his wife, Charlene. He was a screen legend who for decades had led a charmed life, but it is now clear how far his fortunes had fallen, The Times reported.

According to The Times, Rooney's trust didn't have a dime; he owed back taxes to the IRS and the state Franchise Tax Board; he was estranged from most of his nine children and separated from his wife. He also had disinherited everyone except one stepson, according to a will filed along with court papers that showed assets of only $18,000, The Times reported.

Rooney's body was taken to the mortuary at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills Sunday afternoon. His estranged wife, Jan Chamberlin, and her son, Christopher Aber, later contacted Forest Lawn and tried to move the body against his expressed wishes, Michael Augustine, who served as Rooney's conservator since 2011, alleged in court papers filed Tuesday morning, according to The Times.

Yevgeny Belous, one of Chamberlin's attorneys, said his client simply wanted to give Rooney a "befitting" burial.

Chamberlin and Aber believe Rooney's wishes were to be interred at a Westlake Village cemetery alongside a plot for Chamberlin, said John O'Meara, an attorney for Aber and his wife, Christina, The Times reported.

Augustine, who has Mark and Charlene's support, said Rooney had told him he wanted to be buried at a veterans cemetery or alongside other film stars at a Hollywood one, according to the newspaper.

--City News Service


nitagregory April 09, 2014 at 11:41 AM
This part is always hectic but lay him to rest where he wanted to be
Shripathi Kamath April 09, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Sigh! You cannot even die in peace.
Jeff April 09, 2014 at 12:55 PM
The man should be buried where his fans can visit him regularly . They won't disappoint or neglect him. They will always unconditionally love him. When a true celebrity dies all that's left is the fame they achieved, the people they starred with and the celluloid images embedded on film. Mickey Rooney outlived his contemporaries and should be able to rejoin his Motion Picture family in death especially since he disinherited his own family in life .
George Vreeland Hill April 09, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Lesson number one: Put things in writing.
Rob Turmer April 09, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Hysterical, Shripathi. You always nail it.

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