Former Miss Teen Universe Dies Just Days After Her 20th Birthday

Bessie Dean
March 10, 2019

Lotte van der Zee, a Dutch model and Miss Teen Universe victor in 2017, has died aged 20 after going into cardiac arrest while on holiday with family in Austria. The former Miss Teen Universe was in a coma for two weeks after going into cardiac arrest the day before her 20th birthday, Dutch website AD reports.

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The 20-year-old had been out with friends the night before she went into cardiac arrest, Dutch newspaper De Limburger reported.

Van der Zee, who was from Enschede in the eastern Netherlands, won Miss Teen Universe in 2017.

She was rushed to hospital and placed into a coma before she was transferred to Munich for specialist care.

Her parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul, took to their daughter's Instagram account to share the devastating news.

She was on holiday with her family in Austria when she suffered a heart attack
She was on holiday with her family in Austria when she suffered a heart attack

"It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore", her parents wrote. Lotte was up, you could see that.

"It started with her kidneys".

But she did not appear for breakfast and when her parents went to check on her they found her ill in bed. She was then put on kidney dialysis, which kept her alive. But when it became clear on Wednesday that it would not be okay, she was taken off the machine.

"Losing someone we loved is not easy, but knowing that we have been able to be part of her life, it has been fantastic journey, we now realize that we were blessed we share your life and career with us." they wrote. "Lotte was a attractive, sweet, spontaneous girl and made this hard world a lot nicer and more enjoyable for me".

RIP Lotte van der Zee. "We did not want any further suffering". The pageant's organizers sent her family their condolences on Instagram. "[Van der Zee] Our deepest condolences to your family and friends".

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