A tragic loss. Black LightningCharlbi Dean, an alumnus, died unexpectedly on Monday August 29th from a sudden illness.
According to DeadlineDean was in New York City when she died. The South African actress Syonide was the lead role in season 1 on the CW superhero series. Cressy Williams, China Anne McClain Nafessa Williams.
Additional to Black LightningDean is best known for his role in the SpudFilms that star Troye Sivan. The 27-year-old “My My My!” singer shared a picture of his former costar via his Instagram Story alongside a broken heart emoji on Tuesday, August 29.
A breakthrough in Dean’s career came in 2022, with her portrayal of a model named Yaya in the Palme d’Or winning film Triangle of SadnessWhich stars? Harris Dickinson Woody Harrelson. In May, Dean celebrated the movie’s big Cannes Film Festival win via Instagram.
“@Ruben_ostland, you’re the GOAT,” she said, giving the film’s director a shout-out. “I’m forever thankful for you for trusting me to be a part of your genius. … Can’t believe I had the best year making this during one of the hardest times in my life.”
Interview with Vogue ScandinaviaThe Spud 2 – The Madness Continues actress shared that she, Dickinson and Harrelson were in a group chat called “The Trianglers.” She revealed that she wasn’t nervous auditioning for Ruben Ostland’s critically acclaimed film — because she assumed she had no shot at getting the part.
“When I got the callback, originally over Zoom, I was like, ‘Oh, great, now I’ve actually got a chance and I’m going to f—k it up,’” she told the outlet.
After news broke of the actress’ death, her friends began to commemorate her via social media. “Charlbi would keep me company on the silliest errand, and she knew how to make any day special,” Dean’s friend Helena BeatoCaptioned a collection of Instagram photos of the model. “She was a beautiful woman and a beautiful soul who always lit up the room. She was one of the most cool people I’ve ever met. One of those effortlessly cool people — authentic, genuine and caring. She was incredibly talented, but don’t let it fool you, she worked very hard to get where she was.”
Nina Dobrev also honored Dean via Instagram Stories, writing, “an angel has gone to heaven far too soon. Rest in peace, Charlbi” alongside a boomerang video of her and the Water in Blood actress. “May heaven be all you ever imagined,” she wrote in a subsequent Story.
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