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Rodriguez Speaks On “Searching For Sugar Man” Filmmaker’s Death

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Musician Rodriguez speaks at the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Searching For Sugarman' at the Los Angeles Film Festival at L.A Live on June 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Singer-songwriter Rodriguez was shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish filmmaker whose 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary "Searching For Sugar Man" vaulted the reclusive Detroit artist to international stardom.

Bendjelloul died on Tuesday, May 13, in Stockholm at the age of 36; a cause of death has not been announced. Following a home town show at Detroit's Masonic Temple Auditorium that night, Rodriguez told us that the news was "a shock. I just found out about it a couple of hours ago. He was a very talented man and hard-working artist -- he proved it by hitting an Academy Award his first time out. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace."

Some of Rodriguez's family members added that the family had lit candles in Bendjelloul's memory prior to the show. Bendjelloul spent about 50 days over the course of six visits in Detroit while making the "Sugar Man" film.