Mickey Rooney Jr., son of screen legend, dead at 77

The entertainment world lost an icon over the weekend — an icon whose father was nothing less than a Hollywood screen legend.

Paul Peterson, a fellow Mouseketeer, and friend, announced that Mickey Rooney Jr., 77, had passed away at his Arizona home over the weekend. The announcement was made via a Facebook post. 

“Mickey Rooney Jr peacefully passed away this morning in Arizona,” Peterson wrote.

He added: “I first met Mickey, the oldest of nine siblings sired by his famous father when he and Timmy were hired by Disney to be Mouseketeers in 1955. [He] was tall and talented. He could sing, dance and act… and get in trouble. We three were fired for Conduct Unbecoming a Mouse!”

Of course, Rooney Jr. was one of the original Mousketeers of the Mickey Mouse Club, hired by Disney in 1955. He was also the son of Mickey Rooney, but he established his own niche in the entertainment business, going on to be known for not only his acting, but his musical abilities.

“Mickey Junior was tall and talented. He could sing, dance and act…and get in trouble. We three were fired for Conduct Unbecoming a Mouse!” Peterson wrote, referring to an “incident” that happened at Disney that resulted in Rooney Jr. and his crew being fired at the time.

Peterson, nor his longtime partner, Chrissie Brown, provided a cause of death for their friend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brown admitted that Rooney Jr. had drug and alcohol problems earlier in his life, but had long recovered from such issues. “He was a wonderful man,” she said. “The last 18 years with me and my family, he’s been an angel.”