Who was Charlbi Dean and was she married? English Headline

ACTRESS Charlbi Dean has “suddenly” passed away at the age of just 32.

Here’s what we know about the star who was best known for her roles in the Spud films.

Who was Charlbi Dean?

Charlbi Dean Kriek was a South African actress who was born on February 5, 1990, in Cape Town.

She began modeling when she was six years old, signing with Alfa Model Management when she was 12.

The rising star starred in the 2018 superhero show Black Lightning on The CW Network, playing Syonide, an orphan who becomes an assassin .

The model-turned-actress is also known for her role as Amanda in the Spud films (2010 and 2013).

Charlbi Dean's death tragically comes weeks before the release of her new film Triangle of Sadness


Charlbi Dean’s death tragically comes weeks before the release of her new film Triangle of Sadness

In 2022 she starred in the Palme d’Or winner Triangle Of Sadness.

The release of the satirical comedy was set to be her major breakthrough in the film industry.

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Charlbi acted opposite Woody Harrelson in the film and portrayed a model called Yaya.

It received an eight-minute standing ovation at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and is due to be released in US theatres on October 7, 2022 and in the UK on October 28, 2022.

Charlbi’s work also includes the films Blood In The Water, Don’t Sleep, An Interview With God, and Porthole.

As a model, she had been photographed for British Vogue, Tatler, GQ, and Cosmopolitan magazines.

What was Charlbi Dean’s cause of death?

Charlbi passed away suddenly on Monday, August 29, 2022, aged 32, from an “unexpected, sudden illness”, her representative said.

Her cause of death has not yet been confirmed but she died at a New York hospital, her representatives said.

Tributes paid to Charlbi include playwright Jeremy O’Harris tweeting: “[She] was such an exciting performer to me after seeing her in Triangle of Sadness.

“Her work had a vulnerability and intellect a lesser actor would have denied the character. A true talent and sending love to her family. RIP”.

Reporter Jacob Stolworthy responded to the news: “Charlbi Dean was a genuinely lovely person whose talent and warmth the world was about to discover.”

Make-up artist Teri Tomsett said: “RIP you beautiful, talented girl. It was such an honour to have met you, let alone the priviledge of working with you. You inspired so many”.

Was Charlbi Dean married and did she have any children?

At the time of her death, she was in a relationship with fiancé, model Luke Chase Volker who proposed to her in April 2022.

She and the South African model, 26, lived in her hometown of Cape Town with their dog – and she also owned houses in Hollywood Hills and New York City.

The two started dating around June 2018 and Volker celebrated their three-year anniversary on June 18, 2021

In his last post before Dean passed away, he congratulated his wife-to-be for completing Triangle Of Sadness, posting: “Against all odds, almost impossible obstacles, they pulled it off.” 

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Dean did not have any children before her death.

She leaves behind her parents Joanne Muller and Johan Kriek and her brother, Alexi Jacobs Kriek.

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