'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Committed Suicide

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Malik Bendjelloul

The Oscar-winning director, who was found dead on Tuesday, is said to have struggled with depression.

STOCKHOLM (AP) – 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.

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

Watch Malik Bendjelloul's visit to the THR studio in February 2013 below.