Oscar winning director Malik Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm, Sweden at the age of 36, according to several news reports.
The filmmaker was known for his 2013 Oscar winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, which he wrote, directed, edited, and produced. Bendjelloul also won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London.
According to Deadline no cause of death for Bendjelloul was reported, however, local police do not suspect foul play, pending an autopsy.
Sugar Man is the story of a personal search for the reclusive musician Sixto Diaz Sugar Man Rodriguez and whether his death was actually true and what became of him.
Malik Bendjelloul initially shot the movie — which was the opening film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 — using Super 8 film, but he ran out of money for the film and finished the last part of it using the iPhone app, 8mm Vintage Camera.
Tributes for the late Malik Bendjelloul have already been pouring on social media:
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 13, 2014
We're deeply saddened to learn that Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man, has died: http://t.co/z9vofJXW3T
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 13, 2014
Reports are coming in that Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man, has died at the age of just 36. pic.twitter.com/8F6UhkHLiT
— HeyUGuys Movie News (@HeyUGuys) May 13, 2014
— Ray Subers (@raysubers) May 13, 2014
Devastating to hear of, Malik Bendjelloul's passing. Live every single day, friends. 36 is too young. Boo http://t.co/d9nPjbvQ6n
— ☬ MysteryHelmer (@MysteryHelmer) May 13, 2014
Wow. Stunned. Malik Bendjelloul passed today at just 36 y/o. Was an incredibly gracious, funny man. Will be missed. http://t.co/3KrCQxYxJg
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) May 13, 2014
Here is the Twitter feed for Malik Bendjelloul:
Malik was a former child actor in a television show in 1990. He was born in Sweden to Algerian-born doctor Hacène Bendjelloul and Swedish translator and painter Veronica Schildt Bendjelloul.
[Image via Georges Biard/Wikipedia]