Original Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton Has Passed Away at 73. We are sad to report the passing of original Mouseketeer member, Karen Pendleton has passed away from a heart attack at age 73. Her death was first reported by Disney historian and author Lorraine Santoli, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Pendleton worked on the Disney series throughout its four-year run (1955-59) on ABC, then entertained generations of children around the world for decades after it played in syndication,” states THR in the report, ” She was one of only nine kids that appeared on the program during its entire original airing. ”
“My mom loved her Mouseketeer family,” her daughter, Staci, said in a statement. “Getting together with [her co-stars] was always a high point. It gave her the opportunity to relive great memories and to meet so many Mickey Mouse Club fans that watched the show as kids and loved her. Many told her that they named their daughters Karen in her honor.”
Karen is survived by her daughter and two grandchildren. Our condolences to her family, friends, and fans around the world.
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