“Again, we feel, there is a strong secondary value here—in that watching the Mouseketeers and their guests in action, boys and girls in homes throughout the land will be impelled to discover and develop their own talents, whatever they may be.”
Actress, singer and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello has died at age 70, The Walt Disney Company confirmed in a statement Monday. Funicello “died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years,” the company said.
“She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well-known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace. All of us at Disney join with family, friends, and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life.”
She “was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word Mouseketeer, and a true Disney Legend,”
-Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger
Rest In Peace Annette Funicello. You were loved and will be missed by Mouseketeers every where.