The New York Daily News reports that Rooney disinherited his estranged wife of 35 years, Jan — the last of his eight spouses — and left the surprisingly modest estate to a stepson who had become his caretaker.
A lawyer for the estate rushed to court Tuesday asking for an emergency order barring Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles from releasing his remains to Jan Rooney, court paperwork revealed.
The lawyers said Jan and her biological son Chris Aber — whom Mickey sued in 2011 for alleged mistreatment — were “attempting to remove” the actor’s remains from Forest Lawn “against the decedent’s express wishes.”
The judge set a hearing for Friday and ordered Forest Lawn to keep the actor’s body under lock and key.
Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, starred in the “Andy Hardy” films and was Hollywood’s highest-paid actor in the late 1930s and early 1940s.