Rodriguez, a guitarist whose incredible, out-of-this-world career was the subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary "Searching For Sugar Man,"
died on August 9. The news was revealed on his official website."It is with great sadness that we at Sugarman.
org announce the passing of Sixto Diaz Rodriguez earlier today," the official statement said.
"We send our heartfelt condolences to his daughters, Sandra, Eva, and Regan, as well as the rest of his family." Rodriguez was 81 years old when he died. "Rest In Peace, My Dear Soul."
Sixto Rodriguez, known only by his surname, was born in Detroit and played in bars while working on a Chrysler assembly line.
Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey, both producers and well-known local guitarists, were drawn to him.
Rodriguez's "Cold Fact" debut was released in 1970 by the independent Los Angeles label Sussex Records.
"We thought he was like the inner city poet, putting his poems to music," Coffey said of Rodriguez in award-winning filmmaker Malik Bendejelloul's movie.