Charlbi Dean, star of Cannes-winning ‘Triangle of Sadness,’ dies at 32

Charlbi Dean, the South African actor and model who had a breakout role in “Triangle of Sadness,”

which won this year’s top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has died. She was 32.

Dean died Monday at a hospital in New York from a sudden, unexpected illness, her representatives said Tuesday.

Dean also had a recurring role as the assassin Syonide on the DC Comics television series “Black Lightning,” which aired on the CW from 2018 to 2021.

She was born Charlbi Dean Kriek in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was also raised.

Dean began modeling as a child, making frequent appearances on fashion runways and magazine covers in the decades that followed.

She made her acting debut in the 2010 film “Spud,” an adaptation of a popular South African novel about a boys’ boarding school starring Troye Sivan and John Cleese.

The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May and opens in the U.S. and most of Europe in October.