May 14, 2014
■ Oscar-Winning Director Of ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Found Dead
Short Film News (SFN)- Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning Swedish film director behind the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," was found dead in Stockholm Tuesday afternoon. He was 36 years old.
A police spokesperson confirmed Bendjelloul’s death, but didn’t specify a cause. Foul play is not suspected.
Bendjelloul was actually a child actor before becoming a documentarian, appearing on the Swedish series “Ebba och Didrik” as a 12-13 year old before writing, directing, producing, and editing his only film, which won him an Oscar. Not bad for a first effort. Ironic now that it was about a singer everyone thought was dead.