2022 Cannes Film Festival star Charlbi Dean dies aged 32

Charlbi Dean, the South African actor and model who was instrumental in “Triangle of Sadness” who won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has died at the age of 32.

Dean died Monday in a New York hospital of a sudden and unexpected illness, his representatives announced on Tuesday.

Charlbi Dean poses during a photocall for “Triangle Of Sadness” at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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Dean also had a recurring role as the assassin Syonide on the DC Comics television series “Black Lightning,” which aired on The CW from 2018 to 2021.

She was born Charlbi Dean Kriek in Cape Town, where she also grew up.

Dean began modeling as a child, making frequent appearances on fashion shows and magazine covers in the decades that followed.

She survived a near-fatal car accident in 2009.

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Charlbi Dean, pictured at the Cannes Film Festival, has died of an unexpected illness, representatives have said.

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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 reprized her role in a 2013 sequel.

In “Triangle of Sadness,” the English language debut of Swedish “Force Majeure” director Ruben Östlund, Dean and Harris Dickinson play a celebrity 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 is released in the United States and most of Europe in October.

At the festival before the film won the award, Dean told The Associated Press, “For me, I think I’ve already won. I’m already in Cannes with the film. It’s so amazing. It’s all just icing on the cake at this point for me, you know? »

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