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Oscar winning filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul dies at 36

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:42

May 13 - ''Searching for Sugar Man'' director Malik Bendjelloul dies at age 36. John Russell reports.

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Malik Bendjelloul, the director of Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," died on Tuesday evening in the Stockholm area, police said. He was 36. Stockholm police declined to provide any further details about Bendjelloul's death. Bendjelloul won an Oscar in 2013 as a first-time filmmaker for "Searching for Sugar Man." The film followed two South African journalists who set out to find what had become of Sixto Rodriguez, an American singer who was popular in South Africa who seemingly vanished without a trace. The film, structured like a mystery, sought to find Rodriguez who never achieved fame in his home country but had become a popular and influential folk icon unbeknownst to him in South Africa. He had also directed television documentaries about singers Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bjork and German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, according to the Swedish Film Institute.

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Oscar winning filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul dies at 36

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:42