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:
How can it be that my good friend Malik Bendjelloul – the sweetest and most guileless of men – has died at 36? Such a sad day.
— Simon Chinn (@simonlchinn) May 13, 2014
He is survived by his parents and his brother, Johar Bendjelloul.