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Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dead at 86

Jerry's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told the New York Times that his health had deteriorated since a traffic accident in 2015.

According to Variety, Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday at age 86. Though an exact cause of death is unknown, the actor is said to have been involved in a auto accident two years ago from which he never truly recovered.

He worked alongside his brother in recent years, even as both were in their 80s, telling the Los Angeles Times of the elder Van Dyke: "I looked up to him as a kid".




Jerry's star turn was on his brother's own Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, later appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show as well as The Judy Garland Show.

Jerry's best known for his role on "Coach". where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst. He also had major roles on "Yes, Dear" and most recently, "The Middle". His onscreen daughter Patricia Heaton marked Van Dyke's passing with a pair of heartfelt tweets.

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