Charlbi Dean, a South African actress who starred in the Palme d’Or-winning film “Triangle of Sadness,” died unexpectedly Monday. She was 32.
Dean died from a sudden illness at a New York hospital, her representatives said Tuesday.
“Triangle of Sadness” is set to debut in October and stars Dean and Harris Dickinson as a celebrity couple on a cruise that goes awry. The film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
“For me, I’m like, I’ve already won. I’m already at Cannes with the movie,” Dean said before the award was presented. “That’s so unbelievable. Anything is just a cherry on top at this point for me, you know?”
Dean also had a recurring role in the CW superhero series “Black Lightning,” which ran from 2018 to 2021.
Born Feb. 5, 1990, as Charlie Dean Kriek in Cape Town, Dean grew up in the city and gained fame as a model.
“I wanted to be an actress and in South Africa modeling was the closest thing to it,” she told Interview magazine in 2013. “Doing TV commercials was where I started.”
After surviving a near-fatal car crash in 2009, Dean made her film acting debut in “Spud” in 2010. “Black Lightning” was her first major production and helped her land the “Triangle of Sadness” role.
Prior to her death, Dean got engaged to her boyfriend, male model Luke Volker.
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