Black Lightning Actress Charlbi Dean Dead at 32 After Unexpected Sudden Illness

Actress Charlbi Dean, who appeared as Syonide on the CW series Black Lightning, died at the age of 32. Details on her sudden passing below.

By Jess Cohen Aug 30, 2022 5:32 PMTags
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Hollywood has lost a rising star.

Actress Charlbi Dean, who portrayed Syonide on the former CW series Black Lightning, passed away on Aug. 29 from "an unexpected sudden illness," a rep for the South African star confirmed to NBC News. No further details about Dean's death have been shared publicly at this time.

In addition to Black Lightning, Dean also appeared on the CBS series Elementary and was a successful model. And in October, Dean's film Triangle of Sadness, which co-stars Woody Harrelson, is set to be released in theaters. Back in May, Dean appeared alongside her co-stars at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where the movie won the coveted Palme d'Or award. 

"It took a whole team to make this day possible, three years to get this project here, family and friends for supporting me and many more years of dreaming," Dean wrote on Instagram after walking the red carpet. "Thank you to all involved [heart emojis] special thanks to @dior for my dream dress and @chopard for my unreal jewelry."

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And after the film won top honors, Dean returned to Instagram to give the team a shout-out. 

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"Congratulations our family we did it!!! @ruben_ostlund you're the GOAT I'm forever thankful for you for trusting me to be apart of your genius and my dear @sinaostlund," she wrote. "Can't believe I had the best year making this during one of the hardest times in my life. Here's some pics of the year in Sweden and Greece during the pandemic. Forever and always our @triangleofsadness family."