Sixto Rodriguez the life of 'Sugar Man' in photos

Death of a star - Singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez died at 81 in August 2023. 

Cause of death unknown - His death was announced on his official site with his cause of death unknown. 

Rodriguez was 81 years old - “We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his daughters – Sandra, Eva and Regan – and to all his family. Rodriguez was 81 years old. 

Searching for Sugar Man - The singer became known worldwide thanks to 'Searching for Sugar Man'. The film delves into his life, success, and the enigmatic circumstances surrounding his career.

An artistic flop in the States - Rodriguez, born Sixto Rodriguez in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, was a talented singer-songwriter during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Famous elsewhere - Despite the lack of recognition, his music resonated with audiences in South Africa, where his songs became anthems for the anti-apartheid movement.

The documentary follows two fans who tried to find him - 'Searching for Sugar Man' follows two South African fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom.

An important man to many - The documentary reveals how Rodriguez's songs touched the hearts of many South Africans, providing solace and inspiration during a difficult period in their history.

Rodriguez was totally unaware - As the search progresses, the filmmakers learn that Rodriguez had no idea about his popularity in South Africa.

They had thought him dead - The documentary takes viewers on a captivating journey as the filmmakers track down Rodriguez, who was believed to be dead. 

The power of music - The film highlights the power of music to transcend borders and the transformative effect it can have on individuals and societies.

Sold-out performances - He went on to perform sold-out concerts in South Africa and embarked on international tours.

Getting what he was due - Of course, he was also owed all the royalties for his popularity in South Africa and, after a court case, finally got his money in 2022, at the age of 80.

Oscar-worthy - "Searching for Sugar Man", directed by Malik Bendjelloul, won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2013.

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