Charlbi Dean’s Cause of Death Confirmed by Coroner After Her Sudden Death at 32

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Charlbi Dean’s cause of death has officially been determined by a New York City Medical Examiner. The actress, who starred in The Triangle of Sadness, died from an unexpected and sudden illness in August. Dean, whose full name is Charlbi Dean Kriek, was 32-years-old.

At the time of her death, the illness was not revealed. But, now a spokesperson for the New York City Office of chief medical examiner officially confirmed that she died of bacterial sepsis. The sepsis was a complication from a splenic, which is the absence of a spleen, due to a remote blunt trauma to the actress’s torso.

Charlbi Dean’s Cause of Death Confirmed

The South African actress’ death has then ruled an accident. Dean’s bacterial sepsis was caused after she was infected with the bacteria that is known as Capnocytophaga. While sudden affection is very rare, there are different species of Capnocytophaga that can develop in the mouths of humans which are also present in the mouths of cats and dogs. According to the CDC people with autoimmune issues and without planes are particularly susceptible.

It still isn’t clear if an animal lick or bite was responsible for the model’s infections as a medical examiner hasn’t been able to provide a full autopsy. Days after she passed, her brother Alex Jacobs told Rolling Stones that her sudden death, which occurred in New York City, occured after she began to experience minor symptoms. She then asked her fiance, Luke Volker, to take her to an emergency room,  dying hours later. 

“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 stated. “We still aren’t entirely sure [what happened],” Jacobs stated 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.”

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Jacob’s went to tell the magazine that Dean was involved in a very bad car accident around 2009, which caused doctors to remove her spleen. She also suffered a broken back and several broken ribs in the accident. “[The spleen is] involved in fighting off infections, and that could have had something to do with what happened,” Jacobs noted. “Her spleen not being there just added on to the reason why she perhaps couldn’t fight it off.”

Volker also mounted the death of his fiance on Instagram sharing a brief video about the news. “Hi, everyone. I wanted to just post a picture of Charlbi, but it’s a bit hard,” Voker stated.. “And just wanted to let you know I see all your messages, all the love, and I appreciate it. I really do. It’s just I can’t really reply to them right now. But thank you, guys. I appreciate it. I love you.”

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