Checking in: The late Charlbi Dean's fiancé Luke Volker, 26, broke his silence on Wednesday in an Instagram video after her shocking death on Monday to thank well-wishers on social media

Charlbi Dean’s fiancé Luke Volker shares tearful response to well-wishers after her shocking death

The late Charlbi Dean’s fiancé Luke Volker broke his silence after her shocking death on Monday to thank well-wishers on social media.

In the short clip, Volker said he had originally wanted to post a photo of his late love, though he found it too emotionally difficult to do so.

‘Hi, everyone. I wanted to just post a picture of Charlbi, but it’s a bit hard,’ admitted the 26-year-old model.

Checking in: The late Charlbi Dean’s fiancé Luke Volker, 26, broke his silence on Wednesday in an Instagram video after her shocking death on Monday to thank well-wishers on social media

Luke, who appeared to be shirtless in the clip, seemed to get misty-eyed as he opened up to his followers.

He seemed particularly touched by the outpouring of condolences he had received following Charlbi’s death.

‘I just wanted to let you know I see all your messages, all the love, and I appreciate it. I really do,’ he said.

‘It’s just, I can’t really reply to them right now. But thank you, guys. I appreciate it. I love you.’

Unexpected: The South African model-turned-actress was reported to have died at a New York City hospital from an 'unexpected sudden illness' on Monday

Unexpected: The South African model-turned-actress was reported to have died at a New York City hospital from an ‘unexpected sudden illness’ on Monday

Too soon: In the short clip, Volker said he had originally wanted to post a photo of his late love, though he found it too emotionally difficult to do so

Too soon: In the short clip, Volker said he had originally wanted to post a photo of his late love, though he found it too emotionally difficult to do so

In time: 'I just wanted to let you know I see all your messages, all the love, and I appreciate it.  I really do,' he said.  'It¿s just, I can¿t really reply to them right now.  But thank you, guys.  I appreciate it.  I love you'

In time: ‘I just wanted to let you know I see all your messages, all the love, and I appreciate it. I really do,’ he said. ‘It’s just, I can’t really reply to them right now. But thank you, guys. I appreciate it. I love you’

The couple, who had dated for four years, announced their engagement — which took place in New York City — via the actress’ Instagram page on April 8.

The South African model-turned-actress was reported to have died at a New York City hospital from an ‘unexpected sudden illness’ on Monday.

Her death came just weeks before the release of the Oscar-tipped satirical comedy Triangle Of Sadness, which was poised to make her a star.

Four months ago she got engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Luke Chase Volker, on the same Manhattan street as their first kiss.

Charlbi owned homes in the Hollywood Hills, New York City, and her Cape Town hometown where she and the 26-year-old South African model lived with their dog Kanicki Deathbat Dean.

Rising star: Dean had just appeared in the Cannes-winning film Triangle Of Sadness (pictured June 5)

Rising star: Dean had just appeared in the Cannes-winning film Triangle Of Sadness (pictured June 5)

Dean (last name Kriek) is also survived by her parents, Johan and Joanne Kriek, as well as her brother Alexi Jacobs Kriek.

Alexi had written a poem, unaware about who it would be about, but ‘life has answered my question in the most cruel way’ as he posted it on Instagram in his sister’s memory on Tuesday.

Among Charlbi’s many friends was Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who’s famous for her ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck as well as her upcoming role as Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s Blonde.

Audiences might be familiar with the up-and-coming actress for her roles in The CW’s Black Lightning in 2018, Perry Lang’s 2018 film An Interview with God, or Donovan Marsh’s 2010 film Spud and its 2013 sequel.

'I said yes!'  Her death came just weeks before the release of the Oscar-poised satirical comedy was set to make her a star (pictured April 8)

‘I said yes!’ Her death came just weeks before the release of the Oscar-poised satirical comedy was set to make her a star (pictured April 8)

October 23 family portrait: Charlbi owned homes in the Hollywood Hills, New York City, and her Cape Town hometown where she and the 26-year-old South African model (L) lived with their dog Kanici Deathbat Dean

October 23 family portrait: Charlbi owned homes in the Hollywood Hills, New York City, and her Cape Town hometown where she and the 26-year-old South African model (L) lived with their dog Kanici Deathbat Dean

'Dad spending the weekend with me': (pictured in 2015)

'My amazing mommy has helped me so much during this transition, don't know how Id be surviving this without their help': (pictured in 2015)

So sad: Dean (last name Kriek) is also survived by her parents, Johan and Joanne Kriek, as well as her brother Alexi Jacobs Kriek (not pictured)

'May heaven be all you ever imagined'

Alexi had written a poem, unaware about who it would be about, but 'life has answered my question in the most cruel way' as he posted it on Instagram in his sister's memory on Tuesday

‘May heaven be all you ever imagined’: Alexi had written a poem, unaware about who it would be about, but ‘life has answered my question in the most cruel way’ as he posted it on Instagram in his sister’s memory on Tuesday

She was loved: Among Charlbi's many friends was Cuban actress Ana de Armas (L, pictured in 2017), who's famous for her ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck as well as her upcoming role as Marilyn Monroe in Netflix's Blonde

She was loved: Among Charlbi’s many friends was Cuban actress Ana de Armas (L, pictured in 2017), who’s famous for her ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck as well as her upcoming role as Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s Blonde

Devastating: Dean had a breakout role in the movie Triangle of Sadness, which won this year's top prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Devastating: Dean had a breakout role in the movie Triangle of Sadness, which won this year’s top prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Stunning: Charlbi Dean poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Triangle of Sadness at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 21

Stunning: Charlbi Dean poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Triangle of Sadness at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 21

Dean’s final acting role was portraying model Yaya opposite Woody Harrelson in Ruben Östlund’s shipwreck satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness, which hits US theaters October 7 and UK theaters October 28.

On May 21, the homeschooled millennial reunited with her castmates at the world premiere, which received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Palme d’Or.

‘Congratulations our family we did it!’ Charlbi gushed on May 29.

‘@ruben_ostlund you’re the GOAT I’m forever thankful for you for trusting me to be apart of your genius and my dear @sinaostlund. Can’t believe I had the best year making this during one of the hardest times in my life.’

On the rise: Audiences might be familiar with the up-and-coming actress for her roles in The CW's Black Lightning in 2018 (pictured), Perry Lang's 2018 film An Interview with God, or Donovan Marsh's 2010 film Spud and its 2013 sequel

On the rise: Audiences might be familiar with the up-and-coming actress for her roles in The CW’s Black Lightning in 2018 (pictured), Perry Lang’s 2018 film An Interview with God, or Donovan Marsh’s 2010 film Spud and its 2013 sequel

Coming soon!  Dean's final acting role was portraying model Yaya opposite Woody Harrelson (M) in Ruben Östlund's shipwreck satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness, which hits US theaters October 7 and UK theaters October 28

Coming soon! Dean’s final acting role was portraying model Yaya opposite Woody Harrelson (M) in Ruben Östlund’s shipwreck satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness, which hits US theaters October 7 and UK theaters October 28

'I had the best year making this': On May 21, the homeschooled millennial reunited with her castmates at the world premiere, which received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Palme d'Or

‘I had the best year making this’: On May 21, the homeschooled millennial reunited with her castmates at the world premiere, which received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Palme d’Or

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