Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul dies aged 36

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Shocking news about Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director of the acclaimed “Searching for Sugar Man” documentary.

He was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.

Bendjelloul’s brother Johar Bendjelloul confirmed to The Associated Press that his 36-year-old younger brother killed himself Tuesday. He told daily Aftonbladet that his brother had struggled with depression for a short period.

“Life is not always simple,” Johar Bendjelloul was quoted as saying, adding that receiving the message that his brother had killed himself was the worst thing he had ever experienced.

Pop Up Docs screened SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN in the same week that the film won the Oscar for best Documentary Feature back in March 2013.

Read more: Malik Bendjelloul, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, dies at 36 – The Denver Post


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