(USA TODAY) -- Disney's official fan club has just broken the news on Twitter:
Annette Funicello has died at age 70.
actress, singer and beloved Mousketeer had been hospitalized in
Bakersfield due to complications from multiple sclerosis, according to
Her family confirmed to Extra
that Funicello died from complications of multiple sclerosis. They were
by her side when she was taken off life support. Funicello had been in
an MS coma for years, reports the site.
Funicello was 12 when she
became a Mouseketeer. As a teen, she was launched on a successfull
singing and acting career, but she really gained popularity when she
co-starred with Frankie Avalon in a series of "Beach Party" movies in
In 1992, Annette announced she had MS.
was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981,
and had three children. In 1986, she married California harness racing
horse breeder/trainer Glen Holt.