“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 💔.”
2017 Miss Teen Universe winner Lotte van der Zee died on Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Austria with her parents. She was 20.
Her parents posted on Feb. 22 that van der Zee had fallen ill: “A feeling that swiflty escalated into sudden cardiac arrest” she was then put in a medically-induced coma. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper De Limburger her mother shared that she and her husband were optimistic their daughter’s health would improve but Lotte’s organs began failing.
“It started with her kidneys. 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. Lotte has had to endure a lot over the past few days. We did not want any further suffering.”
Within 30 minutes after being taken off the machine, Lotte passed away. The cause of her cardiac arrest has yet to be determined. This is truly tragic loss and our hearts go out to her family and friends
Haar ouders – Bert van der Zee & Eugeniek van der Zee van het Hul
Dear all, “If you share grief with each other you can be sad and happy at the same time.” This is something that you have made us experience this past week.
That is why we want to thank you for all the beautiful messages and for your sincere and loving support. 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. We are convinced that Lotte feels this too.
Lotte’s situation is unfortunately still unchanged. However, she has now been transferred to an academic hospital in Munich, where she is still kept a sleep under intensive supervision of the doctors in order to monitor her health.
We wanted to share this with you personally and appreciate the respect for our privacy during this difficult time. If you have any more questions, please contact Lotte’s management.
Her parents – Bert van der Zee & Eugeniek van der Zee van het Hul
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Losing someone we loved is not easy, but knowing that we have been able to be part of her life, it hast been amazing journey, we now realize that we were blessed the your share your life and career with us. @lotte_zee Our deepest condolences to your family and friends. MISS TEENAGER PAGEANT ORG. #RIPLOTTE
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