‘Mouseketeer’ Annette Funicello Dies At 70 Years Old

Mon, April 8, 2013 1:15pm EDT by 10 Comments
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The legendary singer and actress Annette Funicello has died on April 8, following complications with her multiple sclerosis. So sad!

Famous singer and actress Annette Funicello has died at the age 70 on April 8. At the age of 12, Annette rose to fame as one of Disney’s original “Mousekeeters.” She died in a Bakersfield hospital following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Such sad news.

Annette Funicello: Dead From Multiple Sclerosis

Annette died on April 8, reports TMZ.

Annette was famous for being a singer, a dancer and for having large breasts. She starred in many films through her decades long career, including The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and Pajama Party.

She had spoken out in the past and said that she thought of Walt Disney as a second father.

She was married twice, and has three children. She married Jack Gilardi in 1965 and had three kids called Gina, Jack, Jr. and Jason. She was married to Glen Holt until her death.

She made her career by making a series a beach party movies with Frankie Avalon.

Annette’s multiple sclerosis became very severe in her later life. In 2004, she lost the ability to walk, and by 2009 she was unable to speak.

“Just learning that you have MS is such a devastating shock,” Annette had previously said. “MS is not really a degenerative illness. It is not fatal, nor is it always progressive.”

Our thoughts are with Annette’s family and children.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you sad to hear of Annette’s death?

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