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Malik Bendjelloul, Director of Oscar Winning 'Searching for Sugarman' Dead at 36 - Brother Confirms Suicide

Malik Bendjelloul, Director of Oscar Winning 'Searching for Sugarman' Dead at 36 - Brother Confirms Suicide

Malik Bendjelloul, who’s film Searching for Sugarman won an Oscar last year, has committed suicide at the age of 36, the AP reports.

The 36-year-old Swedish director passed away on Tuesday (May 13), his brother Johar Bendjelloul confirmed, in a suicide.

“Life is not always simple,” Johar said of his younger brother’s death. “I don’t know how to handle it. I don’t know.”

Johar also confirmed that his brother had suffered from depression for a short period of time.

Our thoughts are with Malik‘s family and loved ones during this time.

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5 Comments

# 1

So sad.
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Apparently, it has been estimated that there may be over 350 million people in the world today that suffer from depression which I found really frightening in the fact that it has almost become an epidemic. Depression has seemed to afflicted humans throughout history. Depression affects motivation, emotions and capacity to experience any real human pleasure and or any behavior and social relationships.
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There are even people who can be categorized as walking depressed. I feel for his family, friends who have to be shocked. Any warning signs?
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I wanted to see that film. I heard it was really good. The guy is unique in how he was underground famous.
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And just after winning an Oscar? How to help these people? How get them to help themselves? What was he trying to escape? 36 is too young. This is so sad.

# 2

My condolences to the family.

# 3

So sad. RIP Malik. May you find peace.
And prayers to his family and friends.

# 4

Very sad. It was a great film, great story. Wish he would have sought help…

# 5

Rest is peace, Malik. :(

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