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Annette Funicello

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PEOPLE Tribute: The Stars We've Lost in 2013

PEOPLE Tribute: The Stars We've Lost in 2013

Originally posted 12/30/2013 01:00PM

We reflect and remember those who have left us this past year


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Readers Loved Sara Gilbert's Engagement and Grieved for Annette Funicello | Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert's Engagement Touched Readers' Hearts This Week

Originally posted 04/13/2013 04:15PM

PEOPLE.com readers apparently love a happy story, like the one for The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry: they're engaged, the actress announced this week.

On the saddest note, the country lost its first Girl Next Door of the TV generation, Annette Funicello.

Here are the stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers this week – what made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry. Meanwhile, please don't forget to keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think.

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Annette Funicello: Listen to Her Life in Song

Annette Funicello: Listen to Her Life in Song

Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:00PM

Look back at the golden-voiced late star's big moments, from her Mouseketeer days to cavorting on the beach with Frankie Avalon


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Annette Funicello Dies After Long Battle with MS

Annette Funicello Dies at 70 After Long Battle with MS

Originally posted 04/08/2013 01:10PM

Annette Funicello, the ultimate Girl Next Door to a generation of Baby Boomers who first fell in love with her on the original 1955-59 incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 70.

Her family told Extra that Funicello passed away from complications of her illness, and they were by her side when she was taken off life support. Funicello had been in an MS coma for years.

"She's on her toes dancing in heaven. No more MS," Gina Gilardi, Funicello's daughter, tells Extra. "My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us."

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