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Thursday 18 December 2014

Bendjelloul 'committed suicide'

Director Malik Bendjelloul accepting his Oscar for Searching For Sugar Man. He has died aged 36 (AP)
Director Malik Bendjelloul accepting his Oscar for Searching For Sugar Man. He has died aged 36 (AP)

The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has said the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching For Sugar Man committed suicide.

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

Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm yesterday.

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-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had flopped in the United States, became a superstar in apartheid era South Africa without knowing about it.

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