Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Director, Dies at 58

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Leon Gast, Bruce Sinofsky, and Joe Berlinger in 1997

The documentary filmmaker had been suffering from diabetes.

Documentary film director Bruce Sinofsky has died after a battle with diabetes. He was 58.

Frequent collaborator Joe Berlinger confirmed the news Saturday on Twitter. "Great man, sad day," Berlinger wrote.

Sinofsky and Berlinger co-directed the Paradise Lost trilogy, centered on the West Memphis Three. They earned an Oscar nomination for 2011's Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

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The two directors, who founded production company Creative Thinking International in 1991, also directed the 2004 Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster. They won an Emmy for 1996's Paradise Lost and a Director's Guild of America award for 1992's Brother's Keeper, about a murder in a rural New York town.

Sinofsky — who also won a Peabody and an Independent Spirit — directed films on his own, including 2003's Hollywood High, focusing on the way that films depict drug abuse.

Berlinger's tweet can be seen below.

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