'Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Committed Suicide: Brother

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Director Malik Bendjelloul arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has told a Swedish newspaper that the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching for Sugar Man committed suicide.

Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday that his younger brother had struggled with depression for a short period of time.

Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday.

The filmmaker rose to international fame in 2013 when his debut feature film,Searching for Sugar Man, won an Oscar for best documentary. The film tells the story of how Detroit-based singer-songwriterSixto Rodriguez, who had flopped in the United States, became a superstar in apartheid-era South Africa without knowing about it.


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