STOCKHOLM (WWJ/AP) – Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” has died. He was 36.
Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify the cause of death.
She said no crime is suspected in relation to the film maker’s death.
“Searching for Sugar Man,” which detailed the life and career of American singer Sixto Rodriguez, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2013.
Bendjelloul tracked down Rodriguez, now in his 70s and living quietly in Detroit, for an intimate look at the singer/songwriter who somehow became the voice of South Africa’s anti-Apartheid movement of the late 1980s, even though his music was overlooked in America.
Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden and acted in Swedish TV-series “Ebba and Didrik” as a child during the 1990s. He studied journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar in southern Sweden and later worked as a reporter for Swedish public broadcaster SVT.
He resigned from that job to travel the world and he got the idea for “Searching for Sugar Man” during one of his trips.
Rodriguez still performs in the Metro Detroit area and was scheduled for a concert Tuesday night at Detroit’s Masonic Temple.
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