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“Sugar Man” director Malik Bendjelloul found dead

Malik Bendjelloul (pictured), the Academy Award-winning director of hit music doc Searching for Sugar Man, has been found dead at the age of 36, according to Swedish reports.
May 13, 2014

Malik Bendjelloul (pictured), the Academy Award-winning director of hit music doc Searching for Sugar Man, has been found dead at the age of 36.

Police in Stockholm have confirmed that the director died today (May 13), but have yet to provide further details surrounding the circumstances. “What I can say is that there are no suspicions any crime was involved,” Stockholm police duty officer Pia Glenvik told Reuters.

Bendjelloul wrote, directed and produced Sugar Man, his feature doc debut, releasing it in 2012. The doc opened Sundance that year, where it won an audience award, before going on to win more than 30 other major prizes, including honors from the DGA, the IDA, IDFA and BAFTA.

It won Oscars for Bendjelloul and producer Simon Chinn in early 2013, when it claimed the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Reacting to the news on Twitter today, Chinn wrote:

Bendjelloul was named as a Doc Hot Shot by realscreen in 2012, and in an interview the same year, spoke of the challenges of making the film.

He is survived by his parents and his brother, Johar Bendjelloul.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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