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Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated star of 'Coach,' dead at 86

08 January 2018

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke and a four-time Emmy nominee, died on Friday at his Arkansas ranch.

Van Dyke's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told the newspapers his health had deteriorated since a auto accident two years ago. Jerry Van Dyke's wife Shirley Ann Jones told the Times that his health had been deteriorating since he was in a traffic accident back in 2015. She was with him by his side as he passed, and Shirley revealed that Jerry's health had been deteriorating ever since the couple got involved in a vehicle accident two years ago.

A beloved comedian just like his brother, Jerry pursued stand-up as a young man and performed at military bases around the world.

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Van Dyke was also known for his role on "Coach" where he played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam.

Born in Danville, Ill., Van Dyke got his start in TV by making appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the American sitcom that starred his real-life older brother. The Van Dyke brothers were reportedly very close throughout their careers. His most recent acting credits include his role as Tag Spence on The Middle.

Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated star of 'Coach,' dead at 86