An up-and-coming South African actress has been found dead at her New York residence. Charlbi Dean, who had just starred in a major role alongside Woody Harrelson, has passed away – aged just 32.
Who is Charlbi Dean? SA actress dies from ‘sudden illness’
Celebrity news specialists TMZ report that a family member has disclosed how Dean had passed away ‘following an unexpected sudden illness’. The talented thespian had also worked as a model, after being discovered in Melkbosstrand, the town of her birth.
Over the last decade or so, Charlbi Dean has made a number of fleeting appearances in American-produced shows, including Elementary. However, in the last few years, her profile on-screen grew even further.
Film and TV appearances of Charlbi Dean
She had become a household name with fans of DC Comics, after she picked up the role of ‘Syonide’ in Black Lightning. However, it’s her most recent gig – in a film called Triangle of Sadness – that promised to catapult Dean towards super-stardom.
The film went down a storm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the coveted Palme D’Or Award. The production, centred around a shipwrecked group of people who seek shelter on a desert island, was set for public release later this year.
Tributes pour in for tragic young film star
Dean also appeared in the films Don’t Sleep and An Interview With God, before taking on one of her most well-known roles as Syonide. The tragedy has sent shockwaves across the world, with many film experts marking Charlbi Dean down as ‘one to watch’.
Alas, her friends, family, and fans are left to mourn a life cut heartbreakingly short.
Charlbi Dean was the most iconic SA model in the Wicked Magazine era. I was so excited when she got cast in Spud because I honestly thought she was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen.— caryn welby-solomon (@carynwelbys) August 30, 2022
Charlbi Dean, star of the upcoming TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, has sadly passed away at the age of 32 due to an unexpected sudden illness. pic.twitter.com/WDPfWFhL1n— Filmhounds Magazine (@filmhoundsmag) August 30, 2022
Charlbi Dean, star of the Palme d’Or-winning Triangle of Sadness, has sadly passed away.— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 30, 2022
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/SSysbjczss