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Annette Funicello

Legendary Mouseketeer

Dead at 70

4/8/2013 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Annette Funicello -- the undisputed queen of the "Mickey Mouse Club" -- has died, according to Disney's official fan club Twitter. She was 70.

Funicello was a triple threat -- Mouseketeer, pop singer and bigscreen star. She was huge in the 60's with movies like "Beach Party," Bikini Beach," and "Beach Blanket Bingo."

According to "Extra," Annette had been hospitalized in Bakersfield due to complications from multiple sclerosis and had been in a coma. 

Funicello disclosed in 1992 that she suffered from multiple sclerosis. She lost the ability to walk in 2004, could no longer speak by 2009 and required round-the-clock care.

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Annette was bigger than Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling combined. She was the fantasy -- largely because of her breasts -- of millions of teenage boys.

Paul Anka -- who dated Annette way back in the day -- tells TMZ, "She was a lovely lady. She was a great star. It's a very very sad ending."

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Frankie Avalon -- who starred with Funicello in a bunch of those 60's beach movies -- tells us, "She was a very courageous gal that fought and fought and fought ... I'm devastated. I loved this gal." Click below to hear the interview.

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Back in 2011, Annette's house caught on fire. She managed to escape without serious injury ... but her neighbors later sued Funicello claiming the blaze caused damage to surrounding homes.

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DaDa    

RiP

376 days ago
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BillyBoy16    

Awe :(

376 days ago
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RunnersHi5    

Rip

376 days ago
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Wow ...    

:( R.I.P. Condolences to her family, friends and fans. Thanks for the entertainment!

376 days ago
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jm    

RIP

376 days ago
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hugh    

RIP sweet lady.

376 days ago
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Fox    

I just saw her on an episode of Full House too :(

376 days ago
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Lynn M    

Always liked her. May she reat in peace. :-(

376 days ago
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SoManyIdiots    

Way to take it boob humor, TMZ. Very classy. RIP.

376 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

TMZ, you people are s***. Here is a woman just dead, a woman who was a real star, unlike the reality show crap that you throw out here on a daily basis, and the only thing you can think of to say is she had big breasts.
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Like I said, you people are the lowest.

376 days ago
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Nonsense    

Classy lady, didn't no she was suffering from MS. RIP.

376 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

Too bad. RIP

376 days ago
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Larry    

Annette completes the trio of celebrity deaths. Roger Ebert, Margaret Thatcher, and now Annette.

376 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

BTW, for you younger people she was a HUGE star back in the day. Bigger than you could imagine. It was a time when there were four, maybe five TV channels in a market, and she was ALWAYS on one of them. Disney make coin like you would not believe on her.
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She could actually act, she could sing, she could dance, she could do it all.
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BUT ALL TMZ CAN THINK ABOUT IS THE SIZE OF HER BREASTS. JUST PATHETIC.

376 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

tmz, you owe her family an apology for your dumbass, insensitive comment.

376 days ago
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