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Mickey Rooney's Daughters Vow To Exhume His Body In Vicious Fight Over Will

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Feb. 23 2016, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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The family of the late Hollywood film legend Mickey Rooney is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit challenging the suspicious signature on his will, has exclusively learned.

The late National Velvet actor's biological daughters are hoping the court challenge could also provide enough evidence to have Rooney's body exhumed and examined to determine the exact cause of how he died.

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The family has already consulted with famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, who has agreed to perform the autopsy that was never conducted following his death at age 93 on April 6, 2014, Rooney's biographer William Birnes told

The stunning turn of events comes after an extensive investigation determined that the signature on Rooney's will – signed on March 11, 2014 just weeks before his death and while he was in the throes of dementia – was bogus.

Peggy Walla, a Texas based forensic document and handwriting examiner was commissioned by to examine the signature with other samples and determined that Rooney was "unaware" of what he was signing.

The 5-foot-2 legend died of apparent heart failure in the home of his stepson Mark Aber and his wife Charlene . But neither the couple nor his conservator Michael Augustine bothered to tell his biological daughters Kelly, 56 and Kerry, 55, about it. Sadly, both learned about their father's death through the media.

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"When you are hiding something there has to be something going on," Kerry told the, referring to the lack of an autopsy or toxicology report.

"We want him exhumed and we already have the world's top pathologist on board — it's just a matter of time," Kerry said.

The family is being helped by renowned attorney C. Keith Greer of the San Diego based law firm Greer & Associates, which is investigating every aspect of Mickey's death.

As reported, the beloved movie icon was treated for several accidents before he died, including a gaping head would he suffered in 2011.



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