SOUTH AFRICA: The South African actor and model Charlbi Dean passed away at the age of 32. Dean’s breakthrough performance was in “Triangle of Sadness,” which took home the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The exact reason behind her death is still unknown.
Charlbi Dean appeared in The CW’s “Black Lightning,” based on DC Comics. She appeared in nine episodes across two seasons as the expert assassin Syonide. She made her acting debut in 2010 with the South African movie “Spud”. After three years, she made a comeback with “Spud 2: The Madness Continues”.
Charlbi Dean was raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She debuted as a child model, and over the years, she frequently appeared on magazine covers and fashion runways.
Charlbi Dean and Harris Dickinson portray a famous fashion-model couple on a luxurious trip that eventually turns into turmoil in “Triangle of Sadness,” the Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s first English-language picture since “Force Majeure.”
The movie premieres in the US and the majority of Europe in October after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May.
Dean spoke to The Associated Press at the festival before the movie received the prestigious award. She said, “For me, I’m like, I’ve already won.” She continued, “I’m already at Cannes with the movie. That’s so unbelievable. Anything is just a cherry on top at this point for me, you know?”
Then Dean posted on Instagram following the festival victory of the movie, saying, “Congratulations, our family, we did it!!!” and telling director Ruben Östlund, “you’re the GOAT. I’m forever thankful to you for trusting me to be a part of your genius.”
Dean, who survived a near-fatal car accident in 2008, was engaged to model Luke Volker, who posted during Cannes in May that he “couldn’t be more proud” of her success.