Annette Funicello Dies of MS at 70--but Three Years Ago

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Annette Funicello--one of American's favorite original Mouseketeers--is making headlines three years after her death from MS. Many, who clearly don't pay attention to the news-or at least didn't back in 2013--are mourning Annette Funicello's death.

Snopes reports the problem stems from a new website called Health Cure Portal that published an article titled Annette Funicello Dies at 70 After Long Battle with Multiple Sclerosis, and that article closely mirrors an identically titled one published on a site called Health of Women. Both sites appear to be the kind that garner clicks for revenue.

Neither of the rehashed articles mentions the date of Annette Funicello's death, leading some readers to believe she only recently passed away.

Twitter users have gotten in on the Annette Funicello death craze.

Not all Twitter users are in the dark, however. Some are trying--likely in vain--to convince others Annette Funicello died almost three years ago.

For those mourning what they believe is the recent passing of Annette Funicello, here are some highlights of her career.

1. She was probably the most beloved Mouseketeer of all time, appearing on the original Mickey Mouse Club (black and white TV), and was one of very few to be selected by Walt Disney.

2. She starred alongside Frankie Avalon in the 1960s in the Beach Party movies.

3. She starred in several Disney movies including The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, and The Monkey's Uncle.

4. Annette Funicello wasn't just an actress. She had several pop record hits in the 1950s and early 1960s, too, although she didn't enjoy singing the way she loved acting.

So there you have it. The beloved Annette Funicello was, in fact, a longtime actress and singer. She battled Multiple Sclerosis for more than two decades--finally succumbing to the disease on April 8, 2013.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.