Photos: Annette Funicello's career
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Annette Funicello, best known as an original member of the Mickey Mouse Club and star of “Beach Party” films, has died at age 70.
Funicello passed away from complications of Multiple Sclerosis, which she battled for more than 25 years, according to a statement from the Disney D23 fan club.
She was born in Utica in 1942, and moved to California with her family when she was 4 years old.
In the 1950’s she stared on television as an original member of the Mickey Mouse Club.
She also starred alongside Frankie Avalon in a series of popular “Beach Party” films throughout the 1960s.
Funicello released several albums throughout her career, including records related to the Beach Party movies and also country music albums.
In 1992, she revealed her MS diagnosis. She remained out of the public eye for the last decade.