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Musician Sixto Rodriguez’s Cause of Death Remains Unknown


Sixto Rodriguez, the Detroit folk rocker passed away in Detroit on August 8, 2023, at the age of 81. Sixto Rodriguez’s cause of death is still unknown.

His official website announced: “It is with great sadness that we at Sugarman.org announce that Sixto Diaz Rodriguez has passed away earlier today (Tuesday).

“We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his daughters – Sandra, Eva and Regan – and to all his family. Rodriguez was 81 years old. May His Dear Soul Rest In Peace.”

The Michigan-born asrtist had struggled to sell many copies of his first two albums in the US in the 1970s and so quit to take on manual work.

Musician Sixto Rodriguez's Cause of Death Remains Unknown

Rodriguez’s music gained fame elsewhere in places such as Botswana, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.

His popularity in Australia led to a 1979 tour of the continent while in South Africa, a compilation album went platinum as a rumor started that Sixto had killed himself.

He was described as “the greatest protest singer and songwriter that most people never heard of” by The Associated Press in 2013 .

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What was Sixto Rodriguez’s Cause of Death at

Sixto Rodriguez’s cause of death has not been revealed yet but his wife, Konny Rodriguez, 72, has pointed out that he died following a short illness.

It was not until 1997 that Rodriguez discovered his fame in South Africa after his daughter found information online.

The Musician then went on tour in the country. Further fame followed when his famous song Sugar Man was covered by Paolo Nutini and South African band Just Jinger. The original song was also sampled by Nas.

Musician Sixto Rodriguez's Cause of Death Remains Unknown

Rodriguez’s life became the subject of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which premiered at the Sundance film festival to acclaim. The documentary won the Oscar for best documentary the following year.

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, it charts Rodriguez’s life and the search for him. After its success, his albums entered the US charts for the first time.

“It’s been a great odyssey. All those years, you know, I always considered myself a musician. But, reality happened,” Rodriguez said in a 2008 interview with the Detroit News.


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