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

Many celebrities react sadly to the news on Saturday.

Jim Bakkum brings up a nice memory on Instagram of his meeting with Van der Vlugt seventeen years ago.

"Seventeen years ago, I sat on his lap during the Fox Kids Sinterklaas party and, exceptionally, was allowed to attend his transformation in the morning before the shows started," writes Bakkum.

"I was 16, but I looked like 6. I thought that was special."

Years later Bakkum met him again: "I saw that he had really grown old, but he still had that same twinkle. And now ... Now Bram is gone. How special he made our youth. Rest in peace."

Former politician Boris van der Ham praises Van der Vlugt's versatility on Twitter: "Charming actor, who played so many other beautiful roles than just Sinterklaas. In addition, socially involved for the preservation of the Green Heart, which I used to meet and talk about regularly."

"Very sad. A sweet and talented man", writes Kasper van Kooten.

"Much strength for those close to you."

Cornald Maas is also reporting on the death of Van der Vlugt.

"Until the end in full in life, and in the theater", he writes on Twitter.

"Articulate, erudite, witty, with a great love for language, and with a keen interest in the past that connects us.

"For many this will feel like a great loss and it is", writes actor Stefan de Walle, who calls Van der Vlugt a "great strong talented man".

Actor Bram van der Vlugt (86) passed away

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