Charlbi Dean, Star of Top Winner at Cannes, Dies at 32

The actress and model Charlbi Dean, who plays a pivotal role in the satire “Triangle of Sadness,” which won the top award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released this fall, passed away on Monday in Manhattan. When she died, she was 32 years old.

A spokesperson for her public relations firm confirmed her death in a hospital. No explanation was given.

Charlbi Dean Dies Due to Unknown Causes

Ms. Dean and Harris Dickinson play models on a luxury cruise that goes horribly wrong in “Triangle of Sadness,” a satire of the ultra-wealthy in English by Swedish director Ruben stlund. It won the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or, and will be shown at the Toronto and New York film festivals in September. Moviegoers can see it in theatres on October 7 if independent studio Neon follows through with that date.

New York Times critic Manohla Dargis called the film a “blunt, ugly sendup of class politics” that “sharply divided critics.”

In a promotional interview, Ms. Dean expressed delight at the film‘s divisive reception.

“Hopefully, people will leave the theater wanting to talk about it and discuss it,” she said. “Those are my favorite films: the ones that get my mind going, piss me off a little, make me laugh and cry.”

charlbi dean death
charlbi dean death

Mr. stlund released a statement on Instagram in which he described Ms. Dean’s passing as “a shock and a tragedy.”

“Charlbi had a care and sensitivity that lifted her colleagues and the entire film crew,” he wrote.

Charlbi Dean Kriek was born to Johan Kriek and Joanne Muller on February 5, 1990, in Cape Town, South Africa. She graced the covers of GQ and Elle in South Africa in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

She made her film debut alongside Troye Sivan and John Cleese in 2010’s “Spud,” in which she played a well-liked boarding school student. She played the villain Syonide, a deadly markswoman, on the CW Network’s superhero drama “Black Lightning” from 2018 to 2021.

She is survived by her parents, brother Alex Muller, and fiance Luke Volker, a South African actor and model.

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