CATEGORIES Movie NewsAnnette Funicello has died at the age of 70. Her family confirmed to Extra that the former Mouseketeer passed away due to complications from multiple sclerosis.
Funicello got her start at the age of 12 as an original member of the Mickey Mouse Club. She went on to have a successful career in both singing and acting, starring in the popular "Beach Party" films of the 1960s, including "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach."
In 1992, Funicello announced that she had MS. Over the years, she became a spokeswoman for the disease and the terrible toll it takes on those who have it. In 1993, she started the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation.