Fox News Digital has established that Charlbi Dean died of bacterial sepsis in August, as certified by the New York City medical examiner. She was 32 years old.
It was found that Dean’s death was an accident. The medical examiner stated “bacterial (Capnocytophaga) sepsis aggravating asplenia owing to distant blunt force trauma of torso” as the cause of her death.
In 2009, Dean was apparently engaged in an automobile accident. In addition to having her spleen removed, she suffered shattered ribs and a fractured back.
Alex Jacobs, the brother of Dean, claimed to “Rolling Stone” a few days after Charlbi’s death that she had suffered “minimal” symptoms. She requested that her fiance, Luke Volker, transport her to the emergency department. She passed away a few hours later.
It was announced at the time that her death was caused by a “quick sickness.”
Jacobs told the newspaper, “We’re still not totally clear [what occurred].” “An autopsy is currently being conducted, which we anticipate will take a considerable amount of time. We have learned, though, that she had a viral infection in her lungs.”
In 2009, when Charlbi Dean was engaged in an auto crash, his spleen was removed. The South African actress’s brother had previously told Rolling Stone, “Her lack of a spleen may have contributed to her inability to fight it off.”
Doctors removed Dean’s spleen after she was engaged in a “very, very serious vehicle accident” in 2009, he added.
Jacobs stated, “[The spleen] is engaged in fighting off infections, and that may have had something to do with what occurred.” The absence of her spleen likely contributed to the fact that she was unable to fend it off.
Capnocytophaga bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are abundant in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats.
Caitlin Cossaboom, an officer with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and a trained veterinarian, previously told Fox News Digital that “severe infections caused by Capnocytophaga are extremely uncommon,” but that those with weakened immune systems who have trouble fighting off infections are more likely to become ill.
Dean’s final performance was in “Triangle of Sadness,” which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In the comedy, she co-starred with Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, Carolina Gynning, and Dolly De Leon.
Dean portrayed Syonide on the CW’s “Black Lightning” before getting her current role.