Searching For Sugar Man director found dead at 36

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      Swedish film director Malik Bendjelloul, who made the Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, was found dead in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13. He was 36 years old.

      Police have not specified the cause of death but no crime has been suspected.

      Bendjelloul became a child star in Sweden when he acted in a Swedish TV series in the 1990s.

      Searching For Sugar Man followed two journalists who set out to find what happened to American singer Sixto Rodriguez. Although Rodriguez faded into obscurity after releasing two albums, he became a cult phenomenon in South Africa.

      Here is a video of Bendjelloul winning the Oscar for best documentary feature at the 2013 awards.


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      May 15, 2014 at 7:05am

      His brother confirmed the next day that it was indeed a suicide, and that Malik had been battling depression for some time. Such a sad and terrible loss.