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Black Lightning Star and South African Model Charlbi Dean Passes Away at 32

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Famous for portraying the recurring character Syonide in CW’s Black Lightning, a DC property, the South African model-actress Charlbi Dean was confirmed to have passed away on August 29.

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Charlbi Dean in CW’s Black Lightening.

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As confirmed by Deadline, the 32-year-old actor passed away of a sudden illness in New York City. Fans are shocked by her death as many believed the actor to be healthy and well, not aware of her illness.

Charlbi Dean’s legacy in films

Born on February 1990, she found herself starring in movies at the young age of 20 as she was cast in Donovan Marsh’s Spud alongside British Comedian John Cleese and Troye Sivan. She reprised her role again in the sequel. Becoming a South-African classic, the film was well received by fans and critics.

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Charlbi Dean as Grace in An Interview with God.

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Charlbi Dean went on to star in many other films, building her way to bigger productions. She played Shawn Edmon in Rick Bieber’s horror Don’t Sleep and Calimity J in the action-packed film Death Race: Inferno. She also guest-starred in an episode of CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary.

Charlbi Dean in Triangle of Sadness

Becoming one of the biggest films, she was cast in Ruben Östlund’s comedy-drama Triangle of Sadness in 2022. Previously,  Ruben Östlund directed The Square, which was nominated for an Oscar. Triangle of Sadness starred Woody Harrelson and Harris Dickinson

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Charlbi Dean in Triangle of Sadness alongside Harris Dickinson.

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Charlbi Dean plays the character of a model, Yaya who is invited on a luxury cruise along with her friend Carl. The superyacht is filled with the super-rich including a Russian oligarch and British arms dealers. The film received an 8-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. 

Source: Deadline

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.