Mickey Rooney, who had been "in ill health for quite some time," died Sunday at age 93. Reacting to news of the screen legend's death, many stars took to Twitter to pay their respects to the late actor.
Mickey's eighth wife, Jan Rooney, told The Hollywood Reporter that she hadn't seen her husband since last April and learned of his death via TMZ. She added that the movie star was living in the Studio City, Calif., home of her son Mark Aber. The family has been at odds in recent years over Mickey's public allegations that Jan's son, Christopher Aber, had withheld food and medication from the actor.
At the time of his death, Mickey was working on a movie, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. During his 88-year career, he was given two honorary Oscars, two Golden Globes and one Emmy.
Here's what the stars are saying about Mickey's passing:
Mickey Rooney got all the best babes despite being short as hell. #RIP beautiful man? Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) April 7, 2014
very sad.. RIP Mickey Rooney. Aaron and I used to pretend to be Mickey & Judy all the time when we were younger. hollywood royalty. we <3 U.? Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 7, 2014
"you always pass failure on your way to success" - mickey rooney #ripmickey? Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 7, 2014
A lovely man, talented actor & friend, Mickey Rooney has passed at 93. He is with his dear friend Judy Garland putting on shows in heaven.? Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 7, 2014
A legend has passed. Rest in peace, Mickey Rooney.? Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney. We can only be awed and grateful for so many great performances. Here he is tap-dancing at 12 http://t.co/nXKqNYypbp v? mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 7, 2014
Mickey Rooney was 93 years old- confirmed he died today. RIP? Robin Leach (@Robin_Leach) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney - a true Hollywood legend.? Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 7, 2014
RIP Mickey Rooney. A hell of an entertainer but forever to me the crazy dad in Pete's Dragon. #legend— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 7, 2014
so sad to hear we've lost a legend like Mickey Rooney. Rest In Peace.— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) April 7, 2014
I met Mickey Rooney a few times. He was a very nice man, and very understanding of the child star nonsense.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 7, 2014
"I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me." RIP Mickey Rooney. A Hollywood legend.? Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) April 7, 2014
One of the true originators. A trail blazer. Old school legend. He must have had some stories. #MickeyRooney enjoy hyperspace.— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) April 7, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 7, 2014
Had the honor of shooting w MickeyRooney on NATM3 just last month. A legend, obviously, but something more: grateful, gracious,vital &warm.? Shawn Levy (@ShawnLevyDirect) April 7, 2014