West News Wire: 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.
According to her agents, Dean passed away unexpectedly on Monday at a hospital in New York.
In the DC Comics television series “Black Lightning,” which aired on the CW from 2018 to 2021, Dean also played the assassin Syonide in recurrent episodes.
She was raised in Cape Town, where she was born Charlbi Dean Kriek.
Dean started off as a child model, and over the years, he frequently appeared on magazine covers and fashion runways.
In 2009, she avoided death in a car accident.
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 reprised her role in a 2013 sequel.
In “Triangle of Sadness,” the first English-language film from Swedish “Force Majeure” director Ruben Östlund, Dean and Harris Dickinson play a celebrity fashion-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 U.S. and most of Europe in October.
At the festival before the film won the award, Dean told The Associated Press, “For me, I’m like, I’ve already won. 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?”