South African actress and model Charlbi Dean died in August of a bacterial infection, according to multiple reports.
The ‘Black Lightning’ and ‘Triangle of Sadness’ actress was just 32 when she succumbed to a sudden illness that was confirmed by New York’s medical examiner to be bacterial sepsis on Wednesday, according to Fox News. Digital.
The actress’ death was said to be an accident. She died in a New York hospital on August 29, a source told the Post at the time.
Capnocytophaga, the type of bacteria that made her sick, is rare and lives in the mouths of dogs and cats, although it does not make animals sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Capnocytophaga germs can spread to people through bites, scratches, or close contact with a dog or cat and can cause illness, including sepsis,” the CDC says on its website.
“People with certain health conditions are at greater risk of infection, but anyone can get sick from Capnocytophaga. bacteria,” the CDC also says.
It’s unclear whether contact with a dog or a cat led to her infection because a full autopsy was not provided, People reported.
USA Today reported that Dean’s brother told Rolling Stone in August that his sister was in a serious car accident in 2009 and had her spleen removed.
Before her sudden death, Dean landed the biggest role of her acting career when she appeared in “Triangle of Sadness” with Woody Harrelson. The film was released in US theaters in October.
She had a recurring role on “Black Lightning,” a DC Comics-based TV show that aired on The CW from 2018 to 2021.
Dean’s other film credits include “Blood in the Water”, “Don’t Sleep”, “An Interview with God”, “Porthole”, and “Spud”, which was his first film role in 2010.
Also a model, she has appeared in British magazines Vogue, GQ and Cosmopolitan.
Dean and fellow model Luke Volker got engaged in April.
New York Post