Charlbi Dean, an actress whose star just rose with a starring role in the Palme d’Or-winning film “Triangle of Sadness,” has died, a representative for the actress confirmed. She was 32 years old.
The representative confirmed that Dean died Monday from an unexpected and sudden illness, but gave no further details.
Dean, sometimes known as Charlbi Dean Kriek, was originally from South Africa and began her career as a model.
Her first film role was the 2010 comedy “Spud,” starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese.
She then had other film roles and a recurring role in the CW series “Black Lightning” as Syonide.
Dean’s role in “Triangle of Sadness” was his most important to date, especially after the film’s positive reception at Cannes. In the film, Dean plays Yaya, one half of a celebrity couple who go on a luxury cruise that goes awry.
After the film’s win at the festival, Dean wrote on Instagram, “Congratulations to our family, we made it!!!” and told director Ruben Östlund, “You are the GOAT, I will be forever grateful to you for trusting me to be a part of your genius.”
Dean was engaged to model Luke Volker, according to their Instagram accounts.