It has been confirmed that Charlbi Dean, the South African model and actor who died in August, passed away due to bacterial sepsis.
According to a report from the New York City Medical Examiner, the sepsis was a complication from asplenia, or the absence of a spleen, which was caused by previous blunt trauma to her torso. Dean's death has been ruled an accident.
Dean's brother, Alex Jacobs, shared that she had previously had her spleen removed, which may have made it difficult for her to fight off illness. The bacterial sepsis was caused by an infection with a rare bacteria called Capnocytophaga, which is found in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats. Those with autoimmune issues and without spleens are particularly susceptible to this type of infection.
Dean was 32 years old and had appeared in the film Triangle of Sadness.