The South African actress and model Charlbi Dean Kriek ( 5 February 1990 – 29 August 2022) passed away on August 29, 2022. Her breakout roles came in the Spud flicks (2010-2013), Black Lightning (2018, tv), and the Palme d’Or–winning black comedy Triangle of Sadness (2022).
Early Life and Work
Dean was born to Joanne Muller and Johan Kriek on February 5, 1990. Her brother was a boy. She started modeling when she was 6 years old.
She was in ads and catalogs. She started homeschooling when she was 14 and signed with Alfa Model Management when she was 12. She went to Waterfront Theatre School in her hometown of Cape Town, and for her career, she went all over the world.
Dean and another model, Ashton Schnehage, were in a car crash in October 2008, but they were both okay. She had a broken wrist, four broken ribs, and a lung that had collapsed. She was taken to Milnerton Medi-Clinic and had surgery that saved her life. After the accident, she took a break from her work.
Main Cause of His Death
Dean was taken to a hospital in New York City on August 29, 2022, because he was sick. Even though her first symptoms were mild, she quickly got worse and died a few hours later. She was 32. The actress died of bacterial sepsis, which was caused by Capnocytophaga, according to autopsy results released on December 21, 2022.
After a car accident in 2008, her spleen had to be taken out, which made it more likely that she would get a serious infection.
Dean died just before Triangle of Sadness came out in other countries.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said that she was “a true star-to-be. Her death is a big loss. She had a unique style and a lot of potentials.
Her Dead Body was Found Four Months After She Died
Four months after the tragic death of the 32-year-old actress Charlbi Dean, the official cause of death has been disclosed.
The former “Black Lightning” star died in August from a bacterial illness, the New York City medical examiner said, according to a report in People on Wednesday.
According to the source, the bacteria was identified as Capnocytophaga, which is commonly spread through close contact with animals or through bites.
The model’s spleen had been removed during a car accident she had with ex-boyfriend Ashton Schnehage in 2009. This may have hindered her ability to fight off the infection.
Dean’s injuries from the accident included a collapsed lung, two vertebral fractures, a broken wrist, four ribs, and an elbow.