Flemish actor Michel Van Dosselaere died on Monday at the age of 73, reports

Belga

news agency

.

Van Dosselaere had been suffering from a rare form of progressive aphasia for seven years, a brain disorder that caused him to gradually lose his ability to speak and also deteriorate physically.

The actor is best known to the general public for his role as Commissioner Roger De Kee in the police series

Aspe

, which was also broadcast in the Netherlands.

He played various smaller roles in Dutch series such as

Van God Los

,

Meiden van de Wit

,

Grijpstra & De Gier

and

Toen Was Geluk Heel Simpel

.

Van Dosselaere was also active as a director and acted in various theater performances.

His last role was in 2016, in the performance

Borgen

by the Noord Nederlands Toneel.

The period around that last acting role is recorded in the

2017

documentary

Michel, actor loses the words

, which shows how Van Dousselaere, his wife and director Irma Wijsman dealt with his illness.