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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director dies at 36

May 14, 2014 • Entertainment


FILE – An Aug. 20, 2012 photo from files showing Swedish Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. Police in Sweden say the film director behind the Oscar-awarded music documentary “Searching for Sugarman,” Malik Bendjelloul died Tuesday, May 13, 2014. He was 36. Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik said Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify the cause of death. She said no crime is suspected in relation to the Swedish film maker’s death. (AP Photo/TT, Anders Wiklund, File) SWEDEN OUT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Malik Bendjelloul, the cash-strapped film maker who shot to Hollywood stardom overnight with the Oscar-winning music documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” about an obscure Mexican-American folk-rocker who became a cult hero in apartheid-era South Africa, has died. He was 36.

Swedish police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told The Associated Press that Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify where his body was found or the cause of death.

She said no crime is suspected in relation to the filmmaker’s death.

“Searching for Sugar Man,” which tells the story of how singer-songwriterr Sixto Rodriguez became a superstar in South Africa without knowing about it, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2013. It was the first time a Swedish film had won an Oscar since Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” in 1984.

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