"Annette was a star from the time she was 12 years old, and I met her shortly after. When life threw her a terrible curve, she showed the best side of herself by coming forward to discuss her Ms with courage and candor. As much as she entertained us as a young woman, she gave so much more by sharing her experience and raising awareness of this disease. She will be missed by her family and her wide circle of friends, in which I was lucky to be included." Veteran singer PAUL ANKA pays tribute to actress ANNETTE FUNICELLO, who died from complications due to her longtime battle with multiple sclerosis (Ms) on Monday (08Apr13).