Reports: Mouseketeer, beach movie star Annette Funicello dead at 70

Annette Funicello

Several entertainment news sites are reporting that former Mouseketeer and teen star Annette Funicello has died. She was 70 years old.

Funicello had been battling multiple sclerosis for many years, and reports say she had been in a coma for the final years of her life.

She was well known for her role as a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Show and then in a series of beach movies with co-star Frankie Avalon in the 1960s.

She announced she had multiple sclerosis in 1992.

See her filmography here.

See the New York Times' obituary here.