Maria Von Trapp Passes Away

Posted Sunday February 23, 2014 12:35 AM GMT

Her family inspired the acclaimed film "The Sound of Music," and the last surviving singing child Maria von Trapp died at the age of 99 on Tuesday (February 18).

Her half-brother shared the news with press, revealing Maria passed away in her Vermont home peacefully in her sleep. "Maria had a wonderful life and while we will miss her, the memories of her will live on," Johannes von Trapp told People.

As for Maria's history, she was the third-oldest child of Agathe Whitehead and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The couple had seven children: Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina.

As seen in the film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, Maria's family was very musically-talented. She wrote in her autobiography, "Sometimes our house must have sounded like a musical conservatory. You could hear us practice piano, violin, guitar, cello, clarinet, accordion, and later, recorders. We would gather in the evenings to play Viennese folksongs on our instruments with Father leading on the violin."

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