Bart de Graaff
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|Bart de Graaff|
Bart de Graaff in 1991
|Born||Bart Frederikus de Graaff
16 April 1967
|Died||25 May 2002
Bart Frederikus de Graaff (Dutch pronunciation: [bɑrt ˌfreːdəˈrikɵz də ˈɣraːf]; 16 April 1967 – 25 May 2002) was an influential Dutch television presenter, comedian and creator, as well as the founder and chairman of the public broadcasting network BNN.
Because of a car accident in his youth, De Graaff suffered from serious renal failure for most of his life. This also caused a growth disorder which made him look like a twelve-year-old boy. In his career as a television presenter he often used this fact to his advantage.
In 1997, he founded a public broadcasting network, Bart's News Network (BNN). After his death, it was renamed to Bart's Neverending Network. Targeted at a youthful audience, the network quickly became known for its sometimes provocative programming. A television show De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) by BNN won an Emmy award for Best Non-scripted Entertainment.
At the end of 1997 De Graaff received a donor kidney and was for a time able to live a relatively normal life. In 1999 the kidney was rejected and his health deteriorated quickly. De Graaff died on 25 May 2002 at the age of 35.
- In isolation, Frederikus is pronounced [ˌfreːdəˈrikɵs].
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