Charlbi Dean: Tributes to film, TV ‘star-in-the-making’ after death at 32

CAPE TOWN     -   South African actress and model Charlbi Dean, who starred in award-winning film Triangle of Sadness and TV series Black Light­ning, has died at the age of 32. Dean had a breakout role opposite Woody Harrelson in Triangle of Sadness, which won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In Black Lightning, based on DC Comics characters, she appeared as Syonide. Dean’s representatives said her death in hos­pital from a sudden unexpected illness was “devastating”. In writer and director Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle of Sadness, Dean played Yaya, one half of a model couple who were invit­ed on a cruise that goes horribly wrong. Ostlund paid tribute on Instagram, posting a picture of the actress on set, and describing her death as “a shock and a tragedy”. “It is an honour to have got­ten to know and work with her,” he wrote. “Charlbi had a care and sensitivity that lifted her colleagues and the entire film crew. “The thought that she will not be by our side in the fu­ture makes me very sad.” Dean’s friend and fellow actress, The Vampire Diaries star Nina Do­brev, shared images of the two of them together. “An angel has gone to heaven far too soon,” she posted. “May heaven be all you ever imagined.” Writing in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw said: “Charlbi Dean was a true star-in-the-making. Her loss is a huge one.”

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