Hollywood has lost another promising young talent as Charlbi Dean has died aged 32. According to TMZ, which broke the news, the actress, best known for her work on The CW’s “Black Lightning,” died unexpectedly on Aug. 29, and while the publication didn’t specify exactly what caused the aspiring actor and model’s death , a source close to Dean confirmed that she died in a New York City hospital.
Dean, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa, appeared in nine episodes of “Black Lightning” as the character Syonide. During Dean’s “Black Lightning” stint, her character acted as the antagonist to the central heroes, using her bulletproof skin and fighting skills to gain the upper hand. Before that, Dean played small roles in a variety of shows and films, including Elementary, Spud, and Spud 2: The Madness Continues. However, Dean’s star power steadily increased in the months leading up to her death.
Charlbi Dean had a promising future
In addition to moderate film and television roles, Charlbi Dean was also a successful model. After first signing with Afta Model Management at 12, she has appeared on a number of magazine covers including the South African versions of Cosmopolitan, GQ and Venice. Dean eventually made his way to the United States and signed with UTA, a top-tier talent agency, in January, according to Deadline.
Then, in May, the film Triangle Of Sadness, in which she starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson and Dolly de Leon, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which follows a group of rich people after their yacht sinks, won the Palme d’Or – the festival’s top honor, according to NPR. Shortly after, Dean took to her Instagram to post about the film’s accomplishments. “Congratulations, our family, we made it!!! always our @triangleofsadness family.” Sadly, Dean passed away just weeks before the release of Triangle of Sadness in October.
As for her personal life, Dean was engaged to fellow model Luke Volker, whose recent Instagram post celebrated Dean’s involvement in the film.