Charlbi Dean’s trainer claims she was ‘happy and healthy’ before she died

Charlbi Dean’s boxing trainer reported that the actress was “happy and healthy” in the days leading up to her death.

The South African model, 32, tragically passed away in a New York City hospital on Monday (August 29), with her representatives confirming that her death stemmed from an undisclosed sudden illness.

Charlbi was last seen in Lower Manhattan’s Gotham boxing gym by her trainer Gary Stark Jr. three days before she died.

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The former professional boxer told the Sun: "She was perfect, she was awesome. I didn't see anything that she might have had. She was in perfect health and was just happy, smiling, and goofing around.

"Boxing is such a mental and physical workout and she was completely on point. I'm devastated right now, it just doesn't feel real."

He reported that Charlbi had a one-on-one session booked in with him on the day she died, but cancelled at short notice uncharacteristically.

He continued: "When I asked what happened [the owner of the gym] said he didn't know. But it seemed strange. We were meant to train again on Wednesday at 10am. I just can't believe she's gone."

Tributes have been paid to Charlbi, with playwright Jeremy O'Harris tweeting: "[She] was such an exciting performer to me after seeing her in Triangle of Sadness.

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"Her work had a vulnerability and intellect a lesser actor would have denied the character. A true talent and sending love to her family. RIP".

Reporter Jacob Stolworthy responded to the news: "Charlbi Dean was a genuinely lovely person whose talent and warmth the world was about to discover."

Makeup artist Teri Tomsett said: "RIP you beautiful, talented girl. It was such an honour to have met you, let alone the priviledge of working with you. You inspired so many".

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