'Mickey Mouse Club' star Funicello dies
Actress was 70
(CNN) —Annette Funicello, one of the best-known members of the original 1950s "Mickey Mouse Club" and a star of numerous 1960s "beach party" films, has died, the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases Inc. posted on Facebook.
She was 70.
"We're sorry to report beloved Disney Mouseketeer and iconic teen star Annette Funicello has passed away at age 70," the tweet from @DisneyD23 read. The tweet included a photo of Funicello during her "Mickey Mouse Club" days.
Her family said Funicello died from complications of multiple sclerosis, and they were by her side when she was taken off life support, "Extra" reported.
Funicello was just 12 when she was selected by Walt Disney himself to be one of the original Mouseketeers of the "Mickey Mouse Club," the 1950s television variety show aimed at children. Funicello, who had a background in dance, quickly became one of the most popular Mouseketeers