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  • 10 April 2014, 10:30

Mickey Rooney Wife And Lawyer In Row Over Body

The estranged wife of actor Mickey Rooney and his estate are locked in a bitter dispute over what to do with his remains.

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

The Andy Hardy star, whose career spanned 80 years, died aged 93 on Sunday from natural causes.

He disinherited his wife and children in a will dated March 11, leaving his £10,700 estate to his stepson Mark Rooney, also known as Mark Aber, who cared for him.

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

Mr Augustine said Rooney wanted to be buried at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever cemetery, where many Hollywood actors are buried, or at a cemetery for US veterans.

Rooney served in the military as an entertainer during World War Two.

He also has a burial plot in Westlake Village, California.

"We think we'll be able to cut a deal, a deal being between me and her," Mr Augustine said.

A lawyer for Jan Rooney was not immediately available to comment.

The couple have been married since 1978 and performed together for decades. They received a joint star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2004.

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