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'Mickey Mouse Club' star Annette Funicello dies

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'Mickey Mouse Club' star Funicello dies

Actress was 70

 

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Annette Funicello
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(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

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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - April 8, 2013, 2:11 pm
May you RIP Annette.....!
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Comment by onlymoney - April 8, 2013, 2:46 pm
RIP.

I remember a comedian a few years back, forget who he was, but he made a funny joke about one of her beach movies when she played Gidget. I forget the complete joke, but he said something like, did you see the new movie that just came out in theaters? "Gidget goes apesh!t?"
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 8, 2013, 3:34 pm
RIP
Annette was my first tv heart pumper when I watched the Mickey Mouse club in the fifties.
Her and I are pretty close to the same age.
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rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - April 8, 2013, 5:47 pm
Rest in Peace, Annette...
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emilygComment by emilyg - April 8, 2013, 6:22 pm
RIP sweet lady.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - April 9, 2013, 8:31 am
So sad, RIP Annette
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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 9, 2013, 9:59 pm
God bless Annette!!!!! My favorite Mouseketeer. May she rest in peace. MS is brutal, ALS, lou Gehrigs, all those conditions are tough. I believe she is free now and glowing in the glory of God.

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