Actor, model Charlbi Dean dies at 32 of ‘unexpected illness’

The South African model and actor had a starring role in ‘Triangle of Sadness,’ which won this year’s top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

NEW YORK – Charlbi Dean, the South African actor and model who starred in ‘Triangle of Sadness,’ which won this year’s top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has died at the age of 32.

Dean died Monday at a New York hospital from a sudden unexpected illness, her representatives announced on Tuesday.

Dean also had a recurring role as assassin Syonide on the DC Comics television series Black Lightning, which aired on the CW from 2018-2021.

She was born as Charlbi Dean Kriek in Cape Town, where she grew up.

Dean began modeling as a child and made frequent runway and magazine cover appearances over the following decades.

She survived a near-fatal car accident in 2009.

She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Spud, an adaptation of a popular South African novel about a boys’ boarding school, starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese. She reprized her role in a 2013 sequel.

In Triangle of Sadness, Swedish Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund’s first English-language film, Dean and Harris Dickinson play a famous model couple on a cruise for the ultra-rich that descends into chaos. It also stars Woody Harrelson as the ship’s captain.

The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May and opens in the US and most of Europe in October.

At the festival, before the film won the award, Dean told The Associated Press, “To me, I feel like I’ve already won. I’m already in Cannes with the film. This is amazing. Everything is just icing on the cake for me at this point, you know?

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