Former Miss Teen Universe dies aged 19 after suffering heart attack

Former Miss Teen Universe dies aged 19 after suffering heart attack

Former Miss Teen Universe dies aged 19 after suffering heart attack

Miss Teen Universe Lotte van der Zee, who won the title back in 2017, has passed away at 19 from a heart attack.

According to reports, she went into cardiac arrest during a skiing holiday with her family in Austria.

Speaking to Dutch outlet De Limburger, the late model's mother said that in the last few days before her death, her organs began to fail.

On Thursday, via her Instagram account, parents Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul revealed the unfortunate news.

In a emotional post which read, "Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47".

Thanking all of their daughter's friends and fans for their support, they wrote, "We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages".

Miss van der Zee, who had embarked on a promising global career in modelling since winning Miss Teen Universe, had complained of feeling unwell when she woke up the day before her birthday.

Lotte hadn't posted on Instagram for six days after posting a photo of her training in a gym outfit on a treadmill, writing: "Work in progress".

It was her parents who broke the sad news of her passing on Instagram.

While on vacation in Austria with her family, van der Zee went into "sudden cardiac arrest" and fell into a coma on February 20, her family said in an Instagram post two days later.

She was rushed to a nearby hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.

The couple shared a pic of themselves kissing their daughter while in the sea, writing about the reason for Lotte's public absence. Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf - Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell during the afternoon. "She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma".

Tests are still being carried out to determine what caused the model's heart attack, the family said. That is why we want to thank you for all the lovely messages and for your honest and loving support. "We are grateful for everyone's support and sincerely thank you for your love and positivity in these times when she needs it most".

The following morning, her mother found her unwell in bed and she stayed with her throughout the day - she was the one to administer CPR following her heart attack. It "swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest".

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