Agathe von Trapp of ' Sound Of Music' Fame Dies

Some of the children of Baron Georg von Trapp, subject of "The Sound of Music," sing during a mass given in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death, at the Trapp Family Lodge Sunday, July 13, 1997 as members of the graduating class of the Theresianum Military Academy from Austria stand at attention in the background. AP

A longtime friend says a woman whose family inspired the movie "The Sound of Music" has died. Agathe von Trapp was 97.

Mary Louise Kane said Wednesday that von Trapp died the previous day at a hospice in the Baltimore suburb of Towson after suffering congestive heart failure in November.

Von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian naval officer Capt. Georg Ritter von Trapp. His seven children by his first wife were the basis for the singing family in the 1965 film.

Kane lived with Agathe von Trapp for five decades and ran a kindergarten with her at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Glyndon, Md.
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