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"Searching For Sugar Man" director dies

Writer: Casey Lee

"Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul

14 May – "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul has died on Tuesday. He was 36.

According to The Guardian, the Swedish director who made the Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards was found dead at Stockholm. A police spokesperson did not provide a cause of death, but ruled out any criminal elements involved.

Malik Bendjelloul (left) with "Searching For Sugar Man" subject Sixto Rodriguez (center)

Bendjelloul grew up in Sweden and was a child actor for a Swedish TV series in the 1990s. He worked as a reporter for a public broadcaster after graduating from Linnaeus University in journalism and media production.

After resigning from his job, Bendjelloul would get the idea to make his award-winning documentary while travelling around the world. He presented his debut feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; before it went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary, among many others including a BAFTA.

"Searching For Sugar Man" revolves around the search for American singer Sixto Rodriguez, who had disappeared after winning almost no notoriety in the US but unknowingly became a huge phenomenon in South Africa.

Cinema Online, 14 May 2014