Charlbi Dean: Oscar-winning Star of ‘Triangle of Sadness,’ Dead at 32

By TOI Editor   August 31, 2022   Update on : August 31, 2022

Charlbi Dean

Charlbi Dean, the South African actress and model now appearing in Triangle of Sadness, died on Monday at the age of 32 in a New York City hospital of a sudden illness, Variety learned on Tuesday.

The up-and-coming actor co-starred in Triangle of Sadness, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The satirical dark comedy is written and directed by Swedish filmmaker Ruben stlund, whose credits include Force Majeure and The Square, and stars Woody Harrelson and Harris Dickinson.

It will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom in October. Dean as Yaya, half of a model pair with Dickinson who are invited to a luxury boat for the ultra-rich before things go wrong. This year, the film will also be shown at the Toronto and New York film festivals.

Dean, born Charlbi Dean Kriek in Cape Town, joined with a modeling agency at the age of 12 and had her cinematic debut in the 2010 South African film Spud, starring Troye Sivan. She is most known for her role as Syonide, a recurrent character on the CW series Black Lightning who debuted in 2018.

Death Race 3: Inferno, Blood in the Water, Don’t Sleep, and Porthole are among his other cinematic credits. She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as GQ and Elle in South Africa. She survived an automobile accident in 2008 that fractured her wrist, four ribs, and elbow and left her with a collapsed lung.

She was engagement to male model Luke Volker, who recently paid respect to Dean and her role in Triangle of Sadness on Instagram, adding that he “couldn’t be more proud” of her.

She made her debut in Spud, a 2010 film based on a renowned South African novel about a boys’ boarding school starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese. She repeated her role in a 2013 sequel. Keep reading about 17 people were discovered dead at a South African nightclub.

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