5.13.2014

SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN DIRECTOR FOUND DEAD AT 36


The Academy Award-winning filmmaker of "Searching For Sugar Man," Malik Bendjelloul, was found dead from apparent suicide today in Stockholm, according to police reports. Bendjelloul, 36, won the Academy for Best Documentary last year for the film, about his search for the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik said the Swedish filmmaker died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but didn't specify the cause of death except to say there was no crime suspected, according to the Associated Press


Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden and acted in Swedish TV-series "Ebba and Didrik" as a child during the 1990s. He studied journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar in southern Sweden and later worked as a reporter for Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

He resigned from that job to travel the world and he got the idea for "Searching for Sugar Man" during one of his trips.

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