NEW YORK (AP) — South African actress Charlbi Dean, who appeared in the Palme d’Or-winning film “Triangle of Sadness,” has died at age 32, her representative said Tuesday.
“It’s devastating,” the publicist told AFP by email, confirming a TMZ report that Dean had died on Monday of a sudden and unexpected illness.
The celebrity website and Hollywood publication Deadline said Dean, who was also a model, had died in New York City.
Neither the representative nor the reports provided details about the illness that caused his death.
Dean co-starred with Woody Harrelson and Harris Dickinson in Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness.”
The sharp satire on class conflict won first prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year. The film also opened this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival.
Before the film won the award at Cannes, Dean told The Associated Press: “For me, I already won. I’m already in Cannes with the film. That is so amazing. Anything is just a cherry on top right now for me, you know?
In the film, Dean plays Yaya, a model who is invited on a cruise for the ultra-rich who find their status suddenly undermined by unexpected events.
Dean was born on February 5, 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Prior to her turn on “Triangle of Sadness,” she was best known for playing Syonide on The CW’s DC Comics series “Black Lightning.”
He also appeared in “Spud” (2010), “Don’t Sleep” (2017), and “Blood in the Water” (2016).
Dean began modeling as a child, making frequent appearances on fashion runways and magazine covers in the decades that followed.
In October 2008, she was hospitalized after surviving a car accident with fellow model Ashton Schnehage, according to the movie database site IMDb.