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'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36

'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dead at 36
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul – the director of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man – has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 36.

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Bendjelloul's brother, Johar, said Malik had committed suicide. Police would not comment on the cause of death but said there was no foul play in his death. Johar said Malik had struggled with depression for a short period. "Life is not always simple," he said.

Prior to making the documentary – which focused on
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Sugar Man producers pay tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul

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Sugar Man producers pay tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul
The producers of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man have paid tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul who died this week aged 36.

Searching for Sugar Man producer Simon Chinn, of Red Box Films, said: “I felt so fortunate when Malik walked into my life, with his charm, optimism, boundless energy and total lack of guile. Now he is gone it feels like a very bright light has been snuffed out.

“As a filmmaker he was an inspiration - someone who, despite his relative inexperience, was driven by a passion and determination to do justice to the great story he had found and to prove to those who had doubted he could do it, of which there were many, wrong.

“How he proved them wrong! I feel deeply honoured to have gone on this journey with him and I simply can’t believe I will never see his smiling face again. His loss will be felt for a very
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Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul dies aged 36

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Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul dies aged 36
The Oscar-winning director was found dead in Stockholm.

Malik Bendjelloul, the director of Oscar-winning music documentary Searching for Sugar Man, has died aged 36.

He was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday night, according to Swedish police.

No cause of death was released but police said there was no crime suspected in relation to the filmmaker’s death.

Searching for Sugar Man was Bendjelloul’s only credit as a director but it was an staggering start to a seemingly promising career. Centred on the improbable (but true) tale of Us singer-songwriter Rodriguez, the film explored how the musician became a cult hero and bestseller in South Africa during Apartheid despite barely selling any records in the Us.

The film, which was directed, produced, edited and co-written by Bendjelloul, received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 where it won the audience award and special jury prize. It went on to win prizes all over the world
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Malik Bendjelloul dies

Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, has died in Stockholm at the age of 36.

Starting out as an actor in the television series Ebba Och Didrik when he was just 13 years old, the Swede returned to prominence as an adult when his documentary made a splash at Sundance. It went on to win numerous awards.

The cause of Bendjelloul's death remains unknown but police say there were no suspicious circumstances....
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'Searching for Sugar Man' director Malik Bendjelloul found dead

'Searching for Sugar Man' director Malik Bendjelloul found dead
Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish filmmaker who won an Oscar for directing the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead Tuesday in Stockholm. He was 36.

According to The Associated Press, police spokesperson Pia Glenvik confirmed the death but did not specify the cause, though she ruled out crime as a possible reason.

Born in Sweden in 1977, Bendjellou appeared as a child actor on the local television series Ebba och Didrik and went on to study journalism and media production at the Linnaeus University of Kalma. He later took a job as a reporter at a public broadcasting station in Sweden,
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