Miss Hungary Commits Suicide

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Seventeen-year-old Csilla Andrea Molnar, the current Miss Hungary, committed suicide after complaining of harassment over winning the national crown last year, the Hungarian news media reported.

Molnar was found unconscious in her parents' home in the town of Fonyod on Lake Balaton and taken to Siofok Hospital but could not be revived. She died of an overdose of Lidocaine, a drug used as an anesthetic and to control irregular heart beats, officials said late Friday.

"She took great amounts of poison and her heart could not bear it," said a physician, Istvan Schneider.

The girl complained in a recent Budapest radio interview of all the attention focused on her after she won the crown.

"I don't know whether I can bear this," she said in the interview. "Everybody is harassing me. They ask: 'Where and from whom did you get those beautiful clothes? Who helped you? Do you or your father have special connections with the jury?' And so on."

Rumors circulated after she won the title last October that her father had contacts on the panel that selected her.

Molnar visited Vienna, Carito and Malta after winning the title and won second place in an unofficial beauty contest on Malta in March. She had also been invited to California in August.

The Miss Hungary competition is not connected with the Miss Universe pageant or any other international contest, and there were no plans for her to compete officially in other contests.

Hungary is the only socialist country that has beauty contests, which have been criticized by some hard-liners.

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