Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club,'' who matured to a successful career in records and `60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died April 8. She was 70.  (VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)

Beloved Actress, Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dead At 70

Actress Annette Funicello, long-time Disney and Beach Party star, passed away on Monday April 8 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, CA, at the age of 70. She died peacefully from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years.