OSCAR WINNER MALIK BENDJELLOUL REPORTEDLY TAKES HIS OWN LIFE

May 14, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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An amazing story has come to a tragic ending.

The acclaimed film director Malik Bendjelloul has reportedly taken his own life – at age 36. 

The Swedish filmmaker won the 2013 Academy Award – for Best Documentary for “Searching For Sugar Man.”

The film took four years to make and profiled Sixto Rodrigues – an  unknown singer from Detroit whose recording made him a superstar in South Africa – without him knowing about it.

The documentary follows two South African journalists trying to track down Rodriguez in America – after rumours of his death.

Bendjelloul’s brother told a Swedish newspaper  that Malik committed suicide on Tuesday – after struggling with  depression.

The 2013 Oscar win was the first time a Swedish film had won an Academy Award since Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” in 1984.

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