Charlbi Dean, best known for starring in Ruben Östlund‘s Triangle of Sadness, passed away at 32. No specific cause of death has been attributed, other than an “unexpected sudden illness.”
Her performance as Yaya in Östlund’s movie was critically lauded when it premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival, to which the film also won the Palme d’Or for this year’s edition, making it one of the fall’s most anticipated films.
Triangle of Sadness will also premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival before making its way to theatres on October 7th.
Before starring in Triangle of Sadness, Dean was also known for appearing in The CW’s Black Lightning, as Syonide, one of the show’s recurring characters. She also appeared in Elementary, Death Race 3: Inferno, Spud 2: The Madness Continues, and An Interview with God.
Tributes poured all over social media, with TIFF’s official account stating that “It has been a gift to bear witness to her incredible talent in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS among many others.”
Critic Guy Lodge said that her performance in Triangle of Sadness was so “witty and deadpan and clockwork-precise,” expressing that he was excited to see “see a new South African talent on the international scene.”
The film’s director, Ruben Östlund, said in an Instagram post that “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.”