TMZ: 'Coach' Star Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

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TMZ: 'Coach' Star Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke, comedian, actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday afternoon at his Arkansas home at the age of 86.

Jerry's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told New York Timesthat the actor and comedian's health had been deteriorating since a 2015 traffic accident. 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 auto accident two years ago.

TMZ reported Dick Van Dyke visited his brother at his home during the holidays. Van Dyke's career included the distinction of being Judy Garland's co-star on The Judy Garland Show, the late '60s series Accidental Family and the lead human role in the infamous sitcom My Mother the auto.

In 1989, however, Van Dyke nabbed the role of Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on "Coach", which ran until 1997. In recent years, he performed in roles on "Yes Dear" and "The Middle".

After "Coach" ended, Van Dyke continued to make guest appearances in sitcoms like "Yes, Dear", "Raising Hope" and "My Name is Earl". Jerry, you were hilarious and terrifically talented - what an honor to be able to watch up close as you and your brother create your special magic.

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