A former winner of Miss Teen Universe died tragically from a sudden heart attack just a few days after she turned 20.
Lotte van der Zee, from the Netherlands, had a cardiac arrest during a ski trip in Austria on the day before she was 20 years old.
She was then placed in an artificially induced coma before she died on Wednesday.
The former winner of the beauty contest, who had built a successful model career since she won Miss Teen Universe in 2017, was on holiday in the Austrian resort of Westendorf when she fell ill.
Lotte van der Zee. Credit: Instagram
It was her parents who broke the sad news about her transition on Instagram.
Their message was: "Our pearl, everything has died on Wednesday evening, March 6 at 10:47 pm It is incredibly unreal that our beloved Lotte is no longer around us.
"Our hearts are really broken and we want to thank you all again for all the support and heart-warming messages."
In addition to the emotional post, they shared a photo of their daughter.
Lotte van der Zee was on holiday in Austria when she became ill. Credit: Instagram
In a Dutch newspaper, Bert van der Zee and Eugenie van Hul said that their daughter went out with friends, but, # & # 39; raised and without health complaints & # 39; had returned home.
However, the next morning she did not come for breakfast. When they went to find her, they found her unwell. That disease is later escalated rapidly into sudden cardiac arrest.
She was rushed to the hospital and placed in a coma before being transferred to Munich for specialist care. Once there, she suffered from organ failure.
It is not yet clear what the cause of the heart attack was, her family said that there are tests to determine the cause.
Van der Zee's disease soon escalated into sudden cardiac arrest & # 39 ;, said her parents. Credit: Instagram
Her mother said: "We were told that we should consider the worst, but you cling to hope.
"Last Monday we saw that this hope was faded, Lotte was awake, you could see that.
"The last days the Lotte organs started to go, while no more brain activity was measured.
"It started with her kidneys, she was then put on kidney dialysis, so she stayed alive.
"But when it became clear on Wednesday that it would not work out, she was taken off the machine.
"Lotte has had a lot of trouble in the past few days and we did not want any further suffering."
RIP Lotte van der Zee. Credit: Instagram
Terrible news. Our thoughts go out to her family.
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