More sad news, this time from the house of the mouse, with the passing away of Annette Funicello, an icon of The Mickey Mouse Club.
As well as being a proud Mouseketeer, Funicello was known as the ultimate beach buddy with a series of classic sixties movies starring opposite Frankie Avalon.
Funicello died in hospital in California after a long battle against MS.
“Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word Mousketeer, and a true Disney Legend,” said Disney CEO Robert Iger. “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.”