WESTENDORF, AUSTRIA. (THECOUNT) — Former Miss Teen Universe, Lotte van der Zee, has tragically passed away after suffering a fatal heart attack while on a ski trip with her family in Austria.
The tragic death came the day before her 20th birthday.
Zee, from Holland, passed away after falling into a coma following her cardiac arrest while on holiday in Westendorf, Austria with her family, FoxNews reported Friday.
The beauty contestant, who won the title of “Miss Teen Universe” in 2017, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Munich.
Her distraught parents broke the news on Instagram: “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. We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages.”
Speaking to local press, the parents said Zee had been out with friends the night before her heart attack but that she had returned “cheerfully and without health complaints.” But she did not appear for breakfast and when her parents went to check on her they found her ill in bed.
They wrote on their daughter’s Instagram, that her sickness “swiftly escalated in sudden cardiac arrest” later that day.
She was resuscitated by her mother and rushed to a nearby hospital where she was placed in a medically induced coma.
The young model was then transferred to a specialist hospital in Munich where she suffered organ failure, according to reports.
Her family has said that tests are still being carried out to determine what caused Lotte’s heart attack.
Geo quick facts: Westendorf is a municipality in the Kitzbühel district in the Austrian state of Tyrol located 13.7 km west of Kitzbühel and 12 km southeast of Wörgl in the Brixental valley. The community is a popular ski resort as well as a popular location for Summer tourism especially for excursions and walking-tours – Wikipedia.