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Original Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton dead at 73

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Karen Pendleton, who was the youngest of the talented Mouseketeers on TV's original "The Mickey Mouse Club," has died at the age of 73. She suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday, October 13 in Fresno, CA.

She had been confined to a wheelchair since a 1983 automobile accident that paralyzed her from the waist down.

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Co-created by Walt Disney, "The Mickey Mouse Club" was aired by ABC from 1955 to 1959. The series gained new viewers when reruns were syndicated to local stations in the 1960s.

Pendleton often was paired with another young Mouseketeer, drummer Cubby O'Brien, most memorably in the show's closing musical sequence. They were two of nine performers who appeared during the entire run of the original series (the others were Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess, Darlene Gillespie, Sharon Baird, Tommy Cole, Lonnie Burr and Doreen Tracey).


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