Malik Bendjelloul, who won an Oscar for directing the documentary
The cause of death was not immediately known. Swedish police did not suspect foul play, the Associated Press reported.
The film was the feature debut for Bendjelloul, who had directed a series of music-related documentaries for television. "Sugar Man" premiered on the opening night of the 2012
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents of
In a 2012 interview with The Times, Bendjelloul said, "I was like, 'Wow, this is just the best story I ever heard.... This is so good, there must already be stuff,' but there were no films made."