'Coach' Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

'Coach' Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

His widow, Shirley, told TMZ that Van Dyke, 86, died at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side, and that his health had been deteriorating since a vehicle accident over two years ago.

Jerry Van Dyke, the famed comedian and younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, died Friday afternoon, according to the New York Times.

Jerry and Shirley were involved in a vehicle accident two years ago and his health has never been the same, she said.

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We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday.

(He also appeared on his brother's classic comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show on multiple occasions.) Jerry Van Dyke is arguably best known to audiences for his work as Luther Van Dam in the Craig T. Nelson fronted sitcom Coach. Van Dyke's work on the show earned him four Emmy nominations for supporting actor.

His career started when he did stand-up comedy at high school and went on to perform at military bases around the world.

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He reunited on screen with his celebrity sibling on The Middle, where Dick guest starred as the estranged brother of Van Dyke's character, Tag.

He is survived by wife Shirley and three children.

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