HOLLYWOOD legend Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died aged 93.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died on Sunday at his North Hollywood home.

He said police took a report but indicated that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case and he had no additional details on the circumstances of his death.

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He starred in silent comedy shorts, MGM musicals with Judy Garland, the popular Andy Hardy family films, an Emmy-winning TV drama and a Broadway smash, Sugar Babies.

He was nominated for Oscars four times and won two special Oscars.

The Northern Echo:

In the twilight of his career he appeared in pantomime. He played Baron Hardup, alongside his 67-year-old wife Jean, in a production of Cinderella, in Sunderland, in 2007.

He was also known for his colourful private life that included eight marriages