Malik Bendjelloul Dies; Oscar-Winning Director Was 36

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul was found dead yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden, according to local police officials and the Associated Press.

He was only 36 years old.

A cause of death was not specified, but spokesperson did say it was not being treated as suspicious. No other details were immediately available.

Born and raised in Sweden, Malik Bendjelloul won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2013, for his acclaimed film Searching for Sugar Man.

The movie chronicled the life and career of singer Sixto Rodriguez, and the efforts of two of his fans who set out to discover what had become of him.

Bendjelloul started off as a child actor in the '90s. He later studied journalism and media production and worked for a time as a reporter, as well.

Searching for Sugar Man was his first feature film documentary.

In addition to the Oscar, it won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, and accolades from the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.


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