He died on 7 April 2014, and I went online to find a good story about him, only to find EXCLUSIVE - A tearful last message of love to the wife 'he was kept from' and a vicious family war over his cash: The wretched last days of screen legend Mickey Rooney who died 'choking on his food'. Of course there is money invovled. This is sad. You want to hope that the last days of someone's life is surrounded by loving family. Is the Mail Online, like the National Enquirer? I think my favorite Mickey Rooney movie is The Black Stallion.