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Mon., April 8, 2013, 10:59 a.m.

RIP Annette Funicello

In this 1995 photo, actresses Annette Funicello, right, and Eva LaRue are seen together during the filming of the CBS-TV movie "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," which spans Funicello's three-plus decades in show business. Funicello portrays herself in scenes depicting her struggle with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease she had lived with since 1987. Funicello died Monday at age 70.  (C. Helcermanas-Benge / CBS-TV)
In this 1995 photo, actresses Annette Funicello, right, and Eva LaRue are seen together during the filming of the CBS-TV movie "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," which spans Funicello's three-plus decades in show business. Funicello portrays herself in scenes depicting her struggle with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease she had lived with since 1987. Funicello died Monday at age 70. (C. Helcermanas-Benge / CBS-TV)

NEW YORK — 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 today, The Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70.

She died peacefully at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from multiple sclerosis, the company said.

Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old. More here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.