Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man Director Found Dead In Sweden

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Malik Bendjelloul, the moviemaker who chronicled the comeback of forgotten singer/songwriter Rodriguez in Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has died, aged 36.

The Swedish director was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday night (13May14).

No cause of death has been released, but police officials do not suspect his passing is related to any crime.

Bendjelloul picked up the Best Documentary Oscar for Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. The film about reclusive Mexican folk singer Sixto Rodriguez, which the director also produced, edited and co-wrote, was a big hit around the world. He also picked up a BAFTA Award in Britain and honours from the Director's Guild of America, Producer's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of America, and the National Board of Review.

The director was also a regular on the 1990 Swedish series Ebba och Didrik, and produced musical documentaries for Swedish Television. He also worked as a reporter on the show Kobra.


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