One of the reasons behind the success of 'Searching For Sugar Man' is that it united a true artist, a heartbreaking tale and a wonderfully inquisitive film maker.
Born in Sweden, Malik Bendjelloul studied journalism at the Linnaeus University of Kalma and later worked as a reporter for SVT. Eager to travel, the aspiring film maker began crossing the globe, while a trip to South Africa led him to encounter the music of 'lost' Detroit artist Rodriguez.
Part detective story, part social parable and part riveting cinema, the resulting film 'Searching For Sugar Man' swept almost every major honour it was entered for.
Constructed using contributions from two South African journalists, Malik Bendjelloul's sensitive treatment allowed the music to shine. Winning an Oscar, Malik Bendjelloul was widely praised for his work.
Sadly, news has broken that the Swedish director has passed away at the age of just 36. Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik informed the Associated Press that Benjelloul passed away in Stockholm late last night (May 13th).
Sony Pictures Classics - who distributed 'Searching For Sugar Man' - immediately offered their shocked condolences. "We are so sad to hear of Malik Bendjelloul's passing. Much like Rodriguez himself Malik was a genuine person who chased the world for stories to tell. He didn't chase fame, fortune or awards, although those accolades still found him as many others recognised his storytelling."
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.