NEW YORK — South African actress Charlbi Dean — who appeared in Palme d’Or winning film “Triangle of Sadness” — has died at the age of 32, her representative said Tuesday.
“It’s devastating,” the publicist told AFP via email, confirming a TMZ report that Dean had passed away on Monday from a sudden unexpected illness.
The celebrity website and Hollywood publication Deadline said that Dean, who was also a model, had died in New York City.
Neither the representative nor the reports provided any details on the illness that caused her death.
Dean co-starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Harris Dickinson in Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness.”
The sharp satire about class conflict won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May this year. The movie also opened this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival.
Before the film won the award at the Cannes festival, 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?”
In the film, Dean plays Yaya, a model who is invited onto 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.
Before her turn in “Triangle of Sadness,” she was best known for playing Syonide in The CW’s DC Comics-based series “Black Lightning.”
She 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 crash with fellow model Ashton Schnehage, according to the movie database site IMDb.