A former Miss Teen Universe died after suffering a heart attack the day before her 20th birthday.
Dutch model Lotte Van Der Zee suddenly fell ill while on a family skiing trip in Westendorf, Austria to celebrate her birthday day.
The beauty queen from Enschede, east Netherlands, who won the global pageant in 2017, died on Wednesday after being in a coma for two weeks.
On February 22, her parents posted the news that Lotte was in the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
“Dear friends, with the utmost sorrow we want to inform you about the reason behind Lotte’s public absence in recent days. Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell during the afternoon. A feeling that escalated quickly in sudden cardiac arrest,” they wrote.
“She has been taken to the nearest hospital where she is in a coma and is currently being kept to sleep under the close supervision of the doctors so that she can monitor her health. Thank you in advance for the loving words about our daughter. We are grateful for the support of everyone and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and positivity in these times when she needs it most,” they continued, sharing the news alongside a smiling photo of the parents kissing Lotte on her cheeks.
They shared an update last week and the sad news that she had died was confirmed by her family in a statement on her Instagram yesterday.
They said: “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6 at 10:47pm.”
Within 30 minutes after being taken off the machine, Lotte died. The cause of her cardiac arrest has yet to be determined.
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