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Actor Bram van der Vlugt, best known for his role as Sinterklaas, has died at the age of 86.

He died from the consequences of the corona virus, his management announced on Saturday.

Van der Vlugt was best known for his role as Sinterklaas, which he played between 1986 and 2010, including during the annual national entry.

In 2011 he passed the baton to Stefan de Walle.

For special occasions he returned several times in recent years as Sinterklaas, such as in the

2014

film

Pak van mijn hart

. In 2012 he released the book

Sinterklaas exists!

in which he wrote about his time as the holy man.

Van der Vlugt became known to the general public in the 1960s for his role as doctor Finlay in the television series

Memorandum

.

He also played in television series such as

Medisch Centrum West

,

Unit 13

and

Keyser en de Boer

.

Van der Vlugt was also active as a stage actor.

In 1970 he founded his own theater group: Sater.

He received the prestigious Louis d'Or in 2000 for his role as Nils Bohr in the play Copenhagen.

He was also a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Van der Vlugt did not want to say goodbye to the profession for a long time

According to his management, he wanted to continue as an actor for years.

"Several new projects were planned for the coming years, including a new tour, a reprise and two feature films," writes his agent.

"Bram van der Vlugt did not want to say goodbye to this profession and the profession from him."

About acting in old age, Van der Vlugt said: "I can still talk, think, walk and remember quite well and then you can act."

Van der Vlugt died in his sleep from the effects of the corona virus.

He leaves behind his wife, five children and three grandchildren.

The farewell takes place in a private circle.