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


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


, 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


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


by the Noord Nederlands Toneel.

The period around that last acting role is recorded in the



Michel, actor loses the words

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