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Original Mouseketeer Mickey Rooney Jr. Passes Away at 77

Mickey Rooney, Jr. passed away this week at 77 years old. He and his brother, Tim Rooney (who passed away in 2006), were original Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club.

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Fellow Mouseketeer and founder of A Minor Consideration, an advocacy group for former child stars, Paul Petersen shared the following statement:

Mickey Rooney, Jr peacefully passed away this morning in Arizona. For the past many years, he lived with and was in the care of Chrissie Brown and her family. 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. 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!

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Mickey Junior was the personification of ‘damaged goods.’ He gave all he could. I was born on the same day as Mickey’s father and ‘The Mic’ gave me, unsolicited mind you, the most useful advice I ever got. It is one of my greatest sorrows that he didn’t do the same for his son. Mickey Rooney Junior. Rest In Peace at last. We will see to your wishes.

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