Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director who won an Oscar in 2013 for the documentary about Detroit troubadour Rodriguez, Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead May 13 in Stockholm. He was 36. According to this article in the New York Times, Bendjelloul's brother Johar told the Associated Press that Malik was struggling with depression before he killed himself.
In 2012, I had the good fortune to interview Bendjelloul and Rodriguez. In it, the filmmaker vaguely discussed his plans for upcoming projects. While he wasn't exactly an animated person, he also didn't seem to be depressed, from what I could gather in our brief encounter.
The Stranger: How are you going to follow this up? Do you feel like [Searching for Sugar Man is] your masterpiece?
Bendjelloul: I do have a couple of ideas that I’m developing. But it is a very special story. It sounds like a fiction writer would have written this. It’s almost too much, unbelievable, that this sequence of events could’ve happened. But it did. [laughs]
There's more about Bendjelloul's life and death in the clip below. (Not sure why the narrator's voice sounds so robotic.)