Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul deadUPDATED, 2:58 PM: Malik Bendjelloul‘s older brother Johan told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet today that the filmmaker’s death was a suicide.

PREVIOUSLY, May 13: The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Searching For Sugar Man was found dead today in Stockholm. Malik Bendjelloul was 36. No cause of death was reported, but local police told the newspaper Expressen that it was not being treated as suspicious. Bendjelloul won the Academy Award for Best Documentary last year for Sugar Man, about a personal search for the reclusive musician Sixto Diaz Sugar ManRodriguez. He recorded a pair of LPs in the early 1970s as Rodriguez that went nowhere in the U.S. but were huge and influential in South Africa. But Rodriguez was unaware of the albums’ overseas success, and he faded completely from public view for decades. Searching For Sugar Man is about fans’ personal search to find him. Bendjelloul directed, produced, edited and co-wrote the pic, which opened Sundance in 2012 and went on to win the Audience Award. The film also would score documentary honors from the DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, NBR and many other groups and festivals.

Related: Cannes: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Director’s Suicide Hits Hard

Born September 14, 1977, in Ystad, Skåne län, Sweden, Bendjelloul was a regular on the 1990 Swedish series Ebba och Didrik. He went on to produce musical documentaries for Swedish Television. Searching For Sugar Man was his first feature docu.

anonymous
6 months
You call depression "desolate" yet accuse those who take their own life as "selfish". Do you know...
Marion Petersen
6 months
Thank you for finding Sugarman, and for introducing him to the rest of world. Rodriguez has finally...
WhateverMan
7 months
I am not trying to pick a fight at all. I think our opinions are actually the...

Related:
Backstage At The 2013 Oscars
85th Academy Awards Nominees Photo