'Searching For Sugar Man' director found dead, aged 36
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul died in Stockholm on Tuesday
Police told the Associated Press that Bendjelloul had died at home in Stockholm but wouldn't specify the cause of death. No crime is suspected in relation to the acclaimed director's death. He was 36.
Bendjelloul's major breakthrough as a director came with the 2012 release of Searching for Sugar Man, which tells the story of American singer Sixto Rodriguez. A contemporary of artists such as Bob Dylan in the 1960s, Rodriguez' star had waned prior to the film, which helped revive his career and launched the director to a number of prestigious awards. The film won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2013.
Speaking to Billboard after a gig at Detroit's Masonic Temple Auditorium last night (May 13), Rodriguez pid tribute to the director:. "It's a shock. I just found out about it a couple of hours ago," he said. "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."
Having begun his career as an actor in the Swedish TV show Ebba and Didrik, Bendjelloul moved behind the camera and also made TV documentaries on Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bjork and Kraftwerk in his home country.