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OTRC: Mickey Rooney dies: Legendary actor was 93

Mickey Rooney talks to OTRC.com at Vanity Fair's 2010 Oscars after party in West Hollwood, California on March 7, 2010.

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, known for his roles in films such as "Babes in Arms" and "The Bold and the Brave," has died at the age of 93 on Sunday, April 6.

A friend of the actor's was notified by the Rooney family of his passing, George Pennacchio of KABC Television and Senior Entertainment Correspondent for "On The Red Carpet" reported.

Los Angeles police later confirmed the news, saying officers responded to Rooney's North Hollywood home at 4:35 p.m. PT and attempted to perform CPR to no avail. They say Rooney died of natural causes.

Hollywood icon Liza Minnelli shared a statement and photo of her and Rooney on her official Facebook account that reads: "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."

UPDATE: Mickey Rooney's family released a statement following the actor's death on Rooney's official website, saying he was speaking of "future plans" the morning of his death and recently completed work on the movie "Night at the Museum 3." The statements reads:

"Mickey passed away from natural causes at the age of 93. Two years ago he requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. With them he finally found happiness, health and a feeling of safety and was able to enjoy life again. In an effort to provide Mickey with a better life, Mark and Charlene reunited him with both old and new friends. Even someone of Mickey's iconic statue was quite star struck and was extremely thrilled to attend Vanity Fair's Oscar party recently."

"Just last week Mickey was ecstatic when they surprised him by reuniting him with one of his great loves, the race track. There they spent time with Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten. He had exceptional care and a new lease on life. Recently, Mickey was proud to be part of Night at the Museum 3 with Ben Stiller. He had the time of his life and the utmost respect for the cast and crew. Mickey was finally enjoying life as a bachelor and the morning of his death they spoke of all their future plans. He loved the business he was in and had a great respect for his fellow actors. He led a full life but did not have enough time to finish all he had planned to do."

Rooney is renowned as one of the most famous actors in Hollywood history, spending nearly his entire life in the entertainment business.

From the time he was a child, he starred in the short-subject comedy series "Mickey McGuire." Rooney also starred as the character Andy Hardy, which he originated in the 1937 film "A Family Affair," with Judy Garland. He portrayed Andy Hardy in more than a dozen films between 1937 and 1958.

Rooney received critical acclaim for several of his films, garnering five Oscar nominations in his career for roles in movies such as "Babes in Arms," "The Human Comedy" and "The Black Stallion." He won an honorary Oscar as well in 1983.

The actor was married eight times and had nine children in his life. His first marriage was to actress Ava Gardner, which lasted one year. He was married to his most recent partner, Jan Chamberlin, from 1978 until they separated in 2013.

(Pictured above: Mickey Rooney talks to OTRC.com at Vanity Fair's 2010 Oscars after party in West Hollwood, California on March 7, 2010.)

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