Tragic! ‘The Sound of Music’ Actress, Heather Menzies-Urich, Dies at the Age of 68. She was Recently Diagnosed with Brain Cancer!

by Faryal

Heather Menzies-Urich, a Canadian-American actress, died at the age of 68 on Christmas Eve!

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Actresses Kym Karath, Heather Menzies and Debbie Turner attend the after party for the Opening Night Gala and screening of ‘The Sound of Music’. (Source: Getty Images)

The star was renowned for her spectacular role in ‘The Sound of Music. She played as Louisa Von Trapp in the 1965 classic.

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The actors playing members of the Von Trapp family in a promotional portrait for ‘The Sound Of Music.’ (Source: Getty Images)

Heather was born on 3rd December 1949. She began her career with ‘My Three Sons’, only at 13. ‘My Three Sons‘ was an American sitcom, which ran on the television screens from 1960 to 1965.

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Actors from the 1965 “Sound of Music” film (L-R) Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond, and Kym Karath make a special appearance on stage during the “Sound Of Music” concert. (Source: Getty Images)

She then made her first ever appearance in ‘The Sound of Music‘ as a movie artist and created golden memories for millions of audience worldwide. The movie turned out to be a huge success, bagging six Oscars altogether.

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The cast of ‘The Sound of Music’ at the film’s premiere in Hollywood, California, (Source: Getty Images)

She had a prominence in other mega projects too, including the TV series called ‘Logan’s Run’.

Later in 1970’s Heather Menzies-Urich married the actor, Robert Urich.

Robert Urich died on April 16, 2001. He died of synovial sarcoma, which is also a form of cancer that destroys the soft tissues.

The couple has three children together, Ryan, Allison, and Emily.

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Heather Menzies and Robert Urich when they were young. (Source: Getty Images)

Ryan Urich, Heather’s son, explained how his mother passed away on Christmas. He told Variety:

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest. She was not in any paint but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this earth at 7:22 pm.”

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Robert Urich and wife Heather Menzies attend the 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 9, 1979 in Pasadena, California. (Source: Getty Images)

Heather was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, which is an acute form of brain cancer. The symptoms range from headaches and nausea to unconsciousness and extreme seizures.

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Robert Urich, wife Heather Menzies, son Ryan Urich and daughter Emily Urich attend the 59th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California. (Source: Getty Images)

TheSound of Music‘ page on Twitter posted a status, “We Mourn the Loss of Heather Menzies-Urich.”

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The team of “The Sound of Music” mourns the loss of Heather. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

Thousands of fans commented below and thanked the star for the endless memories.

One fan Tweeted, “My heart will always be filled with the Sound of Music thanks to Heather Menzies-Urich and everyone involved with @SoundofMusic.”

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People express love for the movie. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

While another tweeted, “Sending deepest condolences to all of her loved ones, fans, and Sound of Music family. May she rest in peace.”

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Fans are devastated by Heather’s death. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

One person praised the movie while saying, “I have like 12 copies of this awesome film… I watch it several times a year… My favorite of all time.”

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A fan says she has 12 copies of the film. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

One expressed her sorrow and said:

“So sad. I watched The Sound of Music last night on Tv </3 RIP Heather Menzies-Urich.”

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A fan watched Heather’s movie last night. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

More comments poured in and stated, “So sad RIP Louisa. Thank you for the Lovely Memories. #Soundofmusic.”

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Rest In Peace, Heather. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

Moreover, people realized how difficult this time was for the family so they sent their best wishes. A fan wrote, “This is awful! What a terrible Christmas for those who loved her.”

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Fans wish her family all the best in this hard time. (Source: TheSoundofMusic’s Twitter Account)

May her soul rest in peace!



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