The South African model and actor had a breakout role in “Triangle of Sadness,” which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
NEW YORK — Charlby Dean, South African actor and model had a breakout role. “Triangle of Sadness” who won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has died at the age of 32.
Dean died suddenly of an unexpected illness at a New York hospital on Monday, his representatives said Tuesday.
Dean also had a recurring role as the assassin Cyanide on the DC Comics television series “Black Lightning”, which aired on The CW from 2018 to 2021.
She was born Charlby Dean Creek in Cape Town, where she was also raised.
Dean began modeling as a child, frequently appearing on fashion runways and magazine covers in the decades that followed.
She survived a near-fatal car accident in 2009.
He made his acting debut in the 2010 film Speed, an adaptation of a popular South African novel about a boys’ boarding school, starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese. He reprized his role in the 2013 sequel.
In “Triangle of Sadness,” the English-language debut of Swedish “Force Majeure” director Ruben Ostlund, Dean and Harris Dickinson play a famous fashion model couple on a cruise for the super-rich that descends into chaos. . It also stars Woody Harrelson as the ship’s captain.
The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May and opens in the US and most of Europe in October.
At the festival before the film won the award, Dean told The Associated Press, “For me, I’m like, I’ve already won. I’m already in Cannes with the film. It’s so incredible. Anything is just a cherry to me right now, you know?