It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Mickey Rooney's Body Remains in Mortuary as Family Members Battle Over Where He Is to Be Buried LA Times
"Two feuding factions of [Mickey Rooney's] family were in court Tuesday, April 8, 2014, because they could not agree on what was to be done with his remains," reports the Los Angeles Times. The story continues, "A judge ruled that no one can claim his body from the mortuary until the squabble is resolved."
The Times story says, "At the time of his death on Sunday [April 6, 2014], Rooney, 93, was living with stepson Mark Rooney and his wife, Charlene, in Studio City. After lunch Sunday, Rooney went to take his usual nap, and when Mark and Charlene went to wake him, they found his breathing labored and called 911, [Michael Augustine, Rooney's conservator] said. Rooney was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. and taken to the mortuary at Forest Lawn cemetery.
"After his death, his wife, Jan Chamberlin, and her son, Christopher Aber, contacted Forest Lawn and tried to move Rooney's body against his expressed wishes, Augustine alleged in court papers filed Tuesday morning."
Charlene Rooney told the Times, "Mickey was not even gone for a few hours, he had just left here on a gurney, and this ugliness started. Mickey hasn't even seen or spoken to Jan in two years, Chris in almost three years."
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