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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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