Mickey Rooney Dead: Legendary Star Dies at 93, Family Says He Was "Finally Enjoying Life" Again

Celebrity News Apr. 7, 2014 AT 3:00PM
Mickey Rooney attends an event on April 26, 2004 Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died at age 93 on Sunday, April 6. Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty

UPDATE: Mickey Rooney's family has released a statement about his passing. "Mickey passed away from natural causes at the age of 93. Two years ago he requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. With them he finally found happiness, health and a feeling of safety and was able to enjoy life again. In an effort to provide Mickey with a better life, Mark and Charlene reunited him with both old and new friends."

"Even someone of Mickey's iconic status was quite starstruck and was extremely thrilled to attend Vanity Fair's Oscar party recently. Just last week Mickey was ecstatic when they surprised him by reuniting him with one of his great loves, the race track," the statement continued. "There they spent time with Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten. He had exceptional care and a new lease on life. Recently, Mickey was proud to be part of Night at the Museum 3 with Ben Stiller. He had the time of his life and the utmost respect for the cast and crew. Mickey was finally enjoying life as a bachelor and the morning of his death they spoke of all their future plans. He loved the business he was in and had a great respect for his fellow actors. He led a full life but did not have enough time to finish all he had planned to do."

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After a long, illustrious career in show business, iconic actor Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93. TMZ broke the news that the former child actor died on Sunday, April 6 after having ill health for quite some time. 

With more than 340 acting credits to his name, Rooney had one of the longest careers in Hollywood; he became a kid star in the mid-1920s and into the 30s with films like Blind Date and Death on the Diamond. He played Andy Hardy in Andy Hardy films, and teamed up with Judy Garland for the 1939 film Babes in Arms. 

Starring on The Mickey Rooney Show as a bumbling actor working to break into show business, he made a name for himself on TV. 

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He also played the controversial role of Holly Golightly's Asian neighbor Mr. Yunioshi in the classic 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's

In 2006 he starred in Night at the Museum as the feisty night watchman Gus, who gave Ben Stiller's Larry Daley a hard time. 

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He will next be seen posthumously in B. Luciano Barsuglia's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which hits theaters on Oct. 4, 2014. 

He is survived by his children Mickey Rooney, Jr., Michael Rooney, Jonelle Rooney, Teddy Rooney, Kimmy Sue Rooney, Kelly Ann Rooney, Kerry Rooney, and Jimmy Rooney

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