Annette Funicello Dead At 70
April 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM (PT)
TV, film and music star ANNETTE FUNICELLO -- who came to fame in TV's "The MICKEY MOUSE Club" in the '50s, then became a pop-culture icon in the '60s co-starring in a series of "beach movies" with FRANKIE AVALON -- has died at the age of 70, the L.A. TIMES reports.
FUNICELLO, who died at MERCY SOUTHWEST HOSPITAL in BAKERSFIELD, CA, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic disease of the central nervous system
"ANNETTE was and always will be a cherished member of the DISNEY family, synonymous with the word 'Mousketeer,' and a true DISNEY legend," DISNEY Chairman/CEO BOB IGER said. "She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of WALT DISNEY’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. ANNETTE was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace. All of us at DISNEY join with family, friends, and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life."