Searching For Sugar Man Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead At 36
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.14.2014
It was a suicide...
Billboard reports that Searching For Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul has been found dead at the age of 36. His older brother Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish publication Aftonbladet that it was a suicide, but police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press only that he died in Stockholm. She wouldn't reveal the cause of death, but said foul play is not suspected.
Searching For Sugar Man followed the life and career of singer Sixto Rodriguez. It won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2013. Rodriguez and his family found out about Bendjelloul's death before his concert in Detroit (his home town) last night at the Temple Auditorium. He didn't mention it onstage, but said after the show: "It's a shock. I just found out about it a couple of hours ago. He was a very talented man and hard-working artist -- he proved it by hitting an Academy Award his first time out. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace."
Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden. He was a child actor that appeared in the Swedish TV series Ebba and Didrik in the 1990s. He then studied journalism and media production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar in southern Sweden before working as a reporter for Swedish public broadcaster SVT. He left that job to travel the world and that's when he got the idea for Searching For Sugar Man.
411 would like to give our condolences to his family, friends and fans.