A FORMER Miss Teen Universe, just 19-years-old, has tragically died after a heart attack.
Lotte van der Zee was only a matter of days away from turning 20 when she suddenly passed away, it has been confirmed.
The Dutch model was on a skiing holiday in Austria with her family when she suffered a cardiac arrest.
She was in a coma for two weeks but sadly died this week.
Lotte hadn’t posted on Instagram for six days after posting a photo of her training in a gym outfit on a treadmill, writing: “Work in progress.”
“It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore”
Lotte van der Zee
On February 22, her parents posted the news that Lotte was in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
They shared an update last week and the desperately sad news that she had died was confirmed by her family in a statement on her Instagram yesterday.
They said: “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6 at 10.47pm.
“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.”
Lotte won Miss Teen Universe in 2017 and had a huge 170,000 followers on Instagram, on which she posted stunning model snaps.
She and her family were on a ski trip for her birthday but she started having chest pains, reportedly after a night out.
The Dutchwoman was reported to have been found unresponsive the next morning and was rushed to hospital.
She was put into a medically-induced coma but two weeks later she died after suffering organ failure.
Heartbroken parents Bert and Eugeniek had updated her Instagram followers on the devastating news that she had been taken ill last month.
They plan to have tests carried out in a bid to find out why Lotte suffered the heart attack.
The couple shared a pic of themselves kissing their daughter while in the sea, writing about the reason for Lotte’s public absence.
The caption read: “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.
“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.
“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.”
A week later Bert and Eugeniek posted an update with a picture of them holding hands with Lotte.
They thanked their fans for their “beautiful messages”, adding: “It is wonderful to see how many people are intensely involved with Lotte and with us.
“Even though the feeling of powerlessness made us think that we were in this alone at first we were able to draw a massive amount of strength from all your loving support.”