Annette Funicello's funeral was conducted at Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California. It was a private ceremony. Some accounts allege that Funicello was actually buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California, but these reports have been contested.
Ms. Funicello was 70 when she passed away from complications relating to multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. Funicello publicly announced her failing health in 1992. Signs that may have indicated Funicello was beginning to suffer from MS were noticeable as early as 1987, when Funicello experienced some dizzy spells while working with actor Frankie Avalon. She did not address the matter at the time.