Battle over Mickey Rooney’s body 

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  • AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file
  • This March 7, 2010 file photo shows Mickey Rooney at the 82nd Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Rooney's final will filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, calls for his stepson and caretaker Mark Rooney to receive the bulk of the actor's modest estate.
A battle over Mickey Rooney’s body went public as his lawyers filed a will that revealed the star left an estate of only $18,000.

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.

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