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Sending an angry letter to the Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, the executors, John Branca and John McClain, said the show was "in shockingly bad taste" and insensitive to the feelings of the Jackson family.

According to the AP, the letter accused the company of being motivated by a "blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value."

Particularly "sickening" to the executors was an Internet ad for the show, "Michael Jackson's Autopsy," showing a sheet-covered body on a gurney; a hand extending out from under the sheet wears the late singer's trademark glove.

The wire service's after-hours calls to Discovery headquarters were not answered.

Von Trapp daughter dies

Agathe von Trapp, from the Austrian family that inspired the musical "The Sound of Music," died Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The oldest of the seven von Trapp children died at 97 in Baltimore from heart complications. She ran and taught at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish kindergarten in Glyndon, Md.

Her family's escape from 1930s Nazi-occupied Austria inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 musical classic "The Sound of Music." Julie Andrews, 75, was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of von Trapp's stepmother, Maria, in the film.

End note

Musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and nine Grammys, visited the Newseum Wednesday afternoon. The artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center was casual, wearing jeans and a brown sweater, touring the museum with friends from out of town. Marsalis will appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday.

- Gabriela Melendez Olivera, from Web and wire reports

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