Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70

by | April 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM | Celebrity, Celebrity Deaths

Annette Funicello (Photo by Getty Images)

Beloved Mouseketeer Annette Funicello passed away at the age of 70 due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Funicello joined Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” in 1955 at the age of 12 and went on to launch a successful acting and singing career, with hits such as “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess.”

The height of her fame came in the 1960s when she helped popularize the “Beach Party” movie genre with co-star Frankie Avalon.

According to Extra, she had been in a coma prior to her death.

“She’s on her toes dancing in heaven… no more MS,” Funicello’s daughter Gina Gilardi said in a statement. “My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us.”

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