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Malik Bendjelloul, 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director, Dead at 36

Swedish Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, is seen in this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo. Bendjelloul, the director of Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," died on May 13, 2014, in the Stockholm area, police said.TT NEWS AGENCY / Reuters

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Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning Swedish film director behind the documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," was found dead in Stockholm Tuesday afternoon. He was 36 years old.

Police spokesman Janne Gyllstedt said Bendjelloul's body was found around 4:30 p.m. local time. Police identified him at the scene, he said.

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Swedish Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, is seen in this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo. Bendjelloul, the director of Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," died on May 13, 2014, in the Stockholm area, police said.TT NEWS AGENCY / Reuters

Gyllstedt would not specify how the filmmaker died, but said no foul play is suspected. He also wouldn't say where Bendjelloul's body was found.

"Searching for Sugar Man" focuses on the life of American folk singer Sixto Rodriguez. The picture won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2013.

—Becky Bratu

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