Former Miss Teenager Universe Lotte van der Zee has passed away at the age of just 19 after suffering a heart attack during a ski trip.
Zee’s parents Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul have kept her social media followers up to date with how their daughter is doing. They previously revealed that their daughter had a heart attack during a family trip, writing, “Two days ago, during our holiday in Westendorf – Austria, Lotte started to feel unwell throughout the course of the afternoon. A feeling that swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest.”
They added, “She was helped to the nearest hospital where she got into a coma and is since then kept asleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health”. They later added that her condition had not improved and she was still under intensive care.
They then took to reveal she had passed away, just a day before her 20th birthday. They wrote, “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken.”
The cause of the heart attack is unclear. She had been out with her friends the night before, her parents told a Dutch newspaper. However, she had returned “cheerfully and without health complaints.”
They added that she had looked ill in the morning. She had not shown up for breakfast and that her condition got worse throughout the day. Her parents plan to do tests to discover what caused their daughter to get sick and have a heart attack.
They also wrote on social media that they appreciated the kind words and well wishes they had gotten. They said, “We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages.”
The 19-year-old was Miss Teenager Universe in 2017, and the pageant wrote on its social media account, “Losing someone we loved is not easy, but knowing that we have been able to be part of her life, it has been [an] amazing journey. Our deepest condolences to your family and friends.”
May she rest in peace.