Charlbi Dean, a South African actress and model, died at 32.
Dean’s representatives said her death in a hospital from a sudden unexpected illness was “devastating.”
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Born and raised in Cape Town, Dean became a childhood model, adorning the covers of the South African editions of GQ and Elle.
She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Spud – an adaptation of a famous South African novel that also starred Troye Sivan and John Cleese.
The actress survived a near-fatal car accident in 2008 and was engaged to model Luke Volker.
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.
The film is a biting social satire that sees models and the ultra-rich have their status undermined by unexpected events.
It will be released in October and will likely compete for an Oscar in 2023.
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She told the Associated Press about the film before it was honoured at Cannes in May:
“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.”