So sad. The last remaining member of the famous ‘Sound of Music’ family died in her sleep in Vermont on Feb. 18. She was 99 years old.
They’re singing songs for Maria von Trapp today. The last surviving member of the von Trapps, best known for inspiring The Sound of Music, died in her sleep on Feb. 18 in her home in Vermont. Her death was confirmed by her her half-brother Johannes von Trapp on Feb. 22.
Maria von Trapp Dies At 99
Maria reportedly died of natural causes, according to the Daily News. No one was available to comment at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. or the original family home, Ville Trapp, in Austria.
Maria — not to be confused with her stepmother who was played by Julie Andrews in the 1985 movie — was one of seven children of Austrian Naval Captain Georg von Trapp. After her mother, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, died, Georg married Maria Augusta, who taught the children how to sing and perform.
As the story goes, after escaping a Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938, the von Trapp family went on to perform musical numbers across Europe and in the United States before settling in Vermont, where they ran a resort. They gained global acclaim when their life story was turned into a movie.
The von Trapp family then came back into the public eye in 2013, when NBC aired a live version of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood that received a considerable amount of backlash. But the remake also reinforced how universally loved the von Trapp family’s story is — and Maria was a huge part of that.
She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro