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Searching for Sugarman director Malik Bendjelloul dies at age 36

Published on May 14, 2014 6:38 AM
 

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Malik Bendjelloul, the director of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, died on Tuesday evening in the Stockholm area, police said. He was 36.

Stockholm police declined to provide any further details about Bendjelloul's death. "What I can say is that there are no suspicions any crime was involved," Stockholm police duty officer Pia Glenvik said.

Bendjelloul won an Oscar in 2013 as a first-time film-maker for Searching for Sugarman. The film followed two South African journalists who set out to find what had become of Sixto Rodriguez, an American singer who was popular in South Africa who seemingly vanished without a trace.

A file picture date Dec 18, 2012 shows Swedish Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. The director of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, died on Tuesday evening in the Stockholm area, police said.-- FILE PHOTO: EPA

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