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Last surviving member of original von Trapps dies

1 of 1 The Sound of Music was based on a real-life family The Von Trapps
The Sound of Music was based on a real-life family The Von Trapps

The last surviving member of the original von Trapp family, Maria von Trapp, has passed away in her sleep aged 99.

The last surviving member of the original von Trapp family, whose lives inspired the 1959 musical The Sound of Music, has died aged 99. 

Maria Von Trapp, who was Capt. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead's second-oldest daughter, passed away in her sleep.

Maria, who fled her native Austria with her family when the Nazis invaded in 1938, died at her home in Vermont confirmed a family friend to the Austrian Times.

Speaking to the paper Marianne Dorfer, who runs the von Trapp Villa Hotel in Salzburg, said: "It was a surprise that she was the one in the family to live the longest because ever since she was a child she suffered from a weak heart.

"It was the fact that she suffered from this that her father decided to hire Maria von Trapp to teach her and her brothers and sisters.

"That of course then led to one of the most remarkable musical partnerships of the last century."

The Broadway musical was later adapted into the 1965 film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the title roles.

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