London (ANI): Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family
made famous by the 1965 movie "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.
Von Trapp died on Oct 11 at his home in Waitsfield. However, the
cause of his death was not made public, reports BBC. "The Sound of
Music" was based loosely on a 1949 book by his stepmother, Maria
von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian
woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them
Born in 1915 in Zell am See, Austria, von Trapp was the fourth
child and second son of Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife,
Agathe Whitehead. In the movie "The Sound of Music," Werner von
Trapp was depicted by the character named Kurt. In 1938, von Trapp
and his family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria. After they
arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert
audiences, and eventually settled in Vermont.
During World War II, von Trapp served in Europe with the U.S.
Army, following which he returned to his family's farm in Stowe and
resumed touring with the family choir. Von Trapp is survived by his
wife Erika, and six children.