Mickey Rooney Dead: Hollywood Pays Tribute to the Legend

8:57 PM PST 04/06/2014 by THR Staff
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UPDATED: Lena Dunham, Piers Morgan, Robin Leach and others hit Twitter to remember the actor, who died Sunday at age 93.

Mickey Rooney died Sunday at age 93, his former manager Kevin Pawley confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, and Hollywood is mourning the death of the acting legend.

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TMZ was first to report that Rooney, who had been "in ill health for quite some time," had died Sunday.

Following reports of his death, many in the industry hit Twitter or released statements paying their respects to the actor, whose career stretched across 10 decades.

Liza Minnelli: "Mickey was somebody that everybody loved, but to me he was part of the family. He was one of a kind, and will be admired and respected always."

Rose Marie: "Showbiz has just lost one of the great talents that our industry has ever had. We were very good friends. I shall miss him and the world will miss him."

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Carol Channing: "I loved working with Mickey on Sugar Babies. He was very professional, his stories were priceless and I love them all ... each and every one. We laughed all the time."

Rip Taylor: "Mickey was such a friend and pro, that he even gave me advice, when I replaced him in Sugar Babies. … As if it could ever be possible to replace Mickey. It was the treat of my life, to receive tips from the great Mickey Rooney."

Margaret O'Brien: "Mickey was the only one at the studio that was ever allowed to call me Maggie. He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived. There was nothing he couldn't do. Singing, dancing, performing … all with great expertise. Mickey made it look so easy. I was currently doing a film with him, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- I simply can't believe it. He seemed fine through the filming and was as great as ever."

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