South African model and actress Charlbi Dean, best known for her roles in the Spud films as well as the superhero drama series Black Lightning and the 2022 Palme d’Or winner Triangle of Sadness, died Monday in New York from an unexpected illness. She was 32.
“A source reported that Dean died at a hospital in New York City, although the exact cause of her death has not been announced,” The Sun reported.
Dean starred in the superhero show “Black Lightning” on The CW Network, playing the role of Syonide.
Her character was an assassin anti-hero with bulletproof skin and incredible combat skills.
Her work also includes the films “Blood in the Water,” “Don’t Sleep,” “An Interview with God,” “Porthole” and “Triangle of Sadness.”
Charlbi was engaged to the male model Luke Volker. Luke’s pinned Instagram post was a tribute to Dean and her performance in Triangle of Sadness.
Tributes have poured in following Charlbi’s death.
“From a little 5yr old girl (the 1st time we met) to the beautiful woman you grew into I’m beyond shocked and saddened to hear you passed suddenly last night,” a family friend wrote. “I didn’t sleep well thinking what a terrible loss this is to everyone who loved and knew you. One day you’re celebrating your latest movie in Cannes and today you are gone.”
“I know what it’s like to lose a child, so my heart goes out to dad Johan C Kriek & mom Joanne Muller as well as Sharon Soares-Kriek and all the family and friends. Luke Volker sending you biggest hugs losing the love of your life. I will light a candle for you all. Much love, Sandi,” the post concluded.
Rotten Tomatoes also offered its condolences.
Charlbi Dean, star of the Palme d’Or-winning Triangle of Sadness, has sadly passed away.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/SSysbjczss
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 30, 2022
Truly saddened by the news of Charlbi Dean’s sudden passing. It has been a gift to bear witness to her incredible talent in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS among many others. pic.twitter.com/0B4fmQmpiI
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 30, 2022