(CNN)At just 17-years-old, Dutch teenager Noa Pothoven had already written an award-winning memoir detailing her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia in the wake of sexual assault and rape.
Misinformation swirling around Dutch teenager's death ignites debate over euthanasia
In her autobiography, Pothoven wrote that she had nothing left to live for.
At 16, she approached the Levenseinde, or "end-of-life," clinic in The Hague to inquire about euthanasia, but, according to an interview last year with local newspaper the Gelderlander, her request was rejected.
Last week, after years of battling mental illness, Pothoven announced on Instagram that she had begun refusing all food and liquids.
"After years of fighting, the fighting has finished. I have now stopped eating and drinking for a while, and after many conversations and reviews it has been decided that I will be released because my suffering is unbearable," Pothoven wrote in a post, which has since been removed.
"I have not really been alive for so long, I am surviving, and not even that. I am still breathing but I am no longer alive."
On Sunday, Dutch media reported that Pothoven had died in a hospital bed in her family's home in Arnhem after she stopped eating and drinking.
But, in the hours and days that followed, a barrage of international media reports falsely suggested that Pothoven had been "legally euthanized."
It was a sensationalist version of an already tragic story that swiftly spread across the globe, triggering an emotive debate over the ethics of euthanasia and raising questions over how someone so young could be allowed to die that way.