Annette Funicello, Former ‘Mouseketeer,’ Dead At 70
Annette Funicello, one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday from complications of multiple sclerosis. She was 70.
Extra confirmed the news with her family, who said they were by her side when she was taken off of life support. (She had been in an MS coma for years, according to the report.)
Funicello became famous at the age of 12 when she joined TV’s The Mickey Mouse Club, in 1995.
From there, she transitioned into successful careers in music and film, due in great part to the Beach Party movies she made with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s.
She was married twice — to Jack Gilardi, with whom she had three children; and horse trainer Glen Holt.
Funicello announced her battle with multiple sclerosis in 1992.