Mickey Rooney Burial Dispute Resolved
Mickey Rooney will be buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery following the resolution of a dispute with the late actor's wife over funeral plans, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Mickey's wife, Jan Chamberlin Rooney, who told THR that she learned about her husband's death from the media and hadn't seen him since April 2013, had wanted the burial to take place in Westlake, where the couple previously lived, and own adjacent lots, according to People, which first reported the resolution of this matter.
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Mickey's trustee Michael Augustine confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the dispute was resolved this morning, adding that he'd filed court papers and been named the temporary executor of Mickey's estate. He noted that while the funeral and burial have not been planned yet, the late actor will be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Augustine said he would be making plans for Mickey's burial but has certain obligations to Chamberlin Rooney.
Prior to his death, Mickey was embroiled in a feud with Chamberlin Rooney and his two stepsons, with one of them saying that Chamberlin Rooney hadn't been allowed to see Mickey's body in the funeral home or to weigh in on burial plans. But Augustine told THR earlier this week that while Chamberlin Rooney hadn't seen her husband because of a written agreement she signed following a series of incidents that led Mickey to believe she was being physically abusive to him, the trustee wouldn't fight to keep Chamberlin Rooney away from her husband's funeral.
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"There will probably be a family-only ceremony, to which she will be invited, along with his [biological] children [and her son Mark Aber and his wife, Charlene]," Augustine told THR earlier this week, adding that Rooney's other stepson, Chris Aber, wouldn't be invited.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Rooney left his entire $18,000 estate to Mark and Charlene Aber with nothing for Chamberlin Rooney or Chris Aber and his wife.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is home to legends like Charlie Chaplin, Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino.