The South African rising star Charlbi Dean who got fame across the globe with her breakthrough role in “triangle of sadness” has died from an unexpected illness.

She was 32-year-old.

The “triangle of sadness” was the top prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival giving instant popularity to the South African model and actor.

According to her representatives, Charlbi Dean was shifted to the hospital but died on Monday suddenly.

Charlbi Dean also acted as Syonide the assassin on the television series “black lightning” based on DC Comics. The show was aired from 2018 to 2021 on the CW.

Charlbi was born and raised in Cape town, South Africa as Charlbi Dean Kriek. She started modeling at a tender age and was known to be the face of many fashion brands. She used to appear frequently on different runways and magazine covers. Her illustrious career as a model spans over decades.

Dean also survived a fatal accident back in 2009.

Charlbi Dean began her acting career in 2010 with the movie “Spud”. It was an adaptation of a very famous South African novel revolving around a boarding school of boys which also starred John Cleese and Troye Sivan. She was also part of the film’s sequel released in 2013.

“Triangle of sadness” was the first English language attempt by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund. Charlbi Dean and Harris Dickinson played the main lead as a fashion industry power couple who were on a cruise and their relationship becomes chaotic at the cruise trip. Woody Harrelson played the role of the captain of the cruise.

The film was well received at different festivals and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this May. It is scheduled to be released across Europe and the USA in October.

After winning the prestigious award at Cannes, Dean had stated in an interview that “For me, I’m like, I’ve already won. I’m already at Cannes with the movie. That’s so unbelievable. Anything is just a cherry on top at this point for me, you know?”