Health — 08 April 2013

Annette Funicello 1942-2013 Attribution (C) DisneyBy Pat Anson, Editor

Actress Annette Funicello, who rose to fame on The Mickey Mouse Club and a string of popular beach movies, passed away Monday at hospital in Bakersfield, CA. She died of complications from multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease she battled for over 25 years.

Funicello became a pop culture icon in the 1950’s and 60’s, known for youth and wholesome good cheer. But in the last decade of her life the painful and debilitating effects of MS robbed her of the ability to walk and speak, and she became a virtual recluse who required around-the-clock care.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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