Lotte van der Zee, a Dutch the 20-year-old who won the Miss Teen Universe contest in 2017, died of “sudden cardiac arrest” while on vacation in Austria, according to a post on her Instagram page last month.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we have to inform you about the reason behind Lotte’s public absence the past couple of days,” read the caption, written by the girl’s parents. “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.”
According to her parents, Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul, van der Zee was hospitalized and placed under a coma until her death on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
“Thank you in advance for the loving words about our daughter. 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 post read.
“We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way. If you have any questions, please contact Lotte’s management.”