Charlbi Dean’s cause of death

Charlbi Dean Kriek cause of death revealed. Image via Instagram @@charlbi143.

Charlbi Dean’s cause of death confirmed after her sudden passing

‘Triangle of Sadness’ star Charlbi passed away in New York City on 29 August at age 32 from what was said to be a ‘short illness’

Charlbi Dean’s cause of death

Charlbi Dean Kriek cause of death revealed. Image via Instagram @@charlbi143.

South African actress Charlbi Dean‘s cause of death, has been revealed after almost three months following her untimely passing. The Triangle of Sadness star suddenly passed in New York City on 29 August, at the age of 32. Her passing sent shockwaves around the world, as she was at the height of her career.

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As per People‘s report, a New York City Medical Examiner has revealed to the outlet that Dean died of “bacterial sepsis.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Capnocytophaga is a bacteria that can be spread by bites, scratches, licks, or other close contacts with dogs and cats.”

The medical examiner said Dean’s death was ruled an accident. In 2009, Dean was reportedly involved in a car accident which resulted in her spleen being removed, and she suffered broken ribs and a broken back.

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Dean’s brother, Alex Jacobs, told Rolling Stone after her death in August that Dean had minor symptoms before she died. He revealed that he was rushed to the hospital, however, she died a couple of hours later. He debunked rumours that her death was linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“This happened literally within the span of a day: getting a headache, going to sleep, waking up her boyfriend and saying please take me to the hospital,” Jacobs told Rolling Stone.

“We still aren’t entirely sure [what happened],” Jacobs added at the time. “There’s an autopsy being done which we know might take quite a while. But what we have heard [that] there was a viral infection in her lungs.”


The actress rose to superstardom after she starred in the 2010 film “Spud.” She went on to star Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, Carolina Gynning, and Dolly De Leon in the comedy. In an Instagram post on 31 August, actress Kim Engelbrecht paid tribute to her. 

“You inspired us, Charlbi. Your most recent film achieved global acclaim yet you remained ever humble and unassuming about your successes,” wrote Engelbrecht. 

“Our South African gem. You lit up the world. My thoughts are with her friends and family and her beloved fiancé. Rest Easy, Princess.”

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