Charlbi Dean died of bacterial sepsis in August, the New York medical examiner confirmed to Fox News Digital. She was 32 years old.
Dean’s death was ruled an accident. The medical examiner indicated that his cause of death was “bacterial sepsis (Capnocytophaga) complicating asplenia due to blunt trauma remote from the torso”.
Dean was reportedly involved in a car accident in 2009. Along with the removal of her spleen, she suffered broken ribs and a broken back.
Dean’s brother, Alex Jacobs, spoke to ‘Rolling Stone’ a few days after his death and explained that Charlbi experienced “minor” symptoms. She asked her fiancé, Luke Volker, to take her to the emergency room. She died a few hours later.
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At the time, it was revealed that his death was due to a “sudden illness”.
“We’re still not quite sure [what happened]“An autopsy is underway, which we know could take some time,” Jacobs told the outlet. But what we heard [that] there was a viral infection in his lungs.”
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He added that Dean was involved in a “very, very serious car accident” in 2009, after which doctors removed his spleen.
“[The spleen is] involved in infection control, and it might have had something to do with what happened,” Jacobs said. “Her spleen not being there just added to the reason she maybe couldn’t fight it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Capnocytophaga bacteria “are normal bacteria commonly found in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats.”
Caitlin Cossaboom, a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Officer and trained veterinarian, previously told Fox News Digital that “severe Capnocytophaga infections are very rare,” but people with compromised immune systems, who have have trouble fighting infections, are more at risk of getting sick.
It’s unclear if an animal was responsible for Dean’s infection. Fox News Digital has reached out to Dean’s rep for comment.
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Dean’s last role was in “Triangle of Sadness”, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
She starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, Carolina Gynning and Dolly De Leon in comedy.
Before landing his successful role, Dean portrayed Syonides on the CW show “Black Lightning”.
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She is credited with roles in “Blood in the Water”, “Don’t Sleep”, “An Interview with God” and “Porthole”.
The South African actress made her acting debut in 2010’s ‘Spud’ and worked on ‘Illusive Fields’ shortly before returning for the sequel to 2013’s ‘Spud 2: The Madness Continues’.