‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Sixto Rodriguez dies aged 81
- Sixto Rodriguez died aged 81 after suffering a stroke in February
- The Detroit musician shot to fame in South Africa and enjoyed a career revival
- Documentary makers tracked him down in the US and helped him make millions
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, who rose to international fame after being the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”, has died.
The Detroit musician was in failing health, with his family confirming his death just weeks after his 81st birthday.
Rodriguez reportedly “recovered well” after undergoing surgery in March to repair damage from a stroke in February.
His website confirmed he had passed away, saying in a statement, “It is with great sadness that we at Sugarman.org announce that Sixto Diaz Rodriguez passed away earlier today.
“We send our deepest condolences to his daughters – Sandra, Eva and Regan – and to his entire family. May his dear soul rest in peace.’
This is a developing story.
The Detroit musician was in declining health, with his family confirming his death just weeks after his 81st birthday