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

Danny Woods
January 7, 2018

Comedian and Coach actor Jerry Van Dyke has died at the age of 86. 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.

Jerry passed away on Friday afternoon at the couple's ranch in Arkansas, Shirley confirmed to TMZ. Shirley said her husband's health began deteriorating after they were both involved in a vehicle accident two years earlier.

Jerry Van Dyke was a well-known comedian who performed at various military bases and appeared on television programs.

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He is survived by his older brother Dick Van Dyke as well as numerous children and grandchildren.

Jerry Van Dyke played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson on the show "Coach" for 9 seasons. He appeared as Stacey Petrie in the 1960s on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he followed up with appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, My Mother the vehicle, and Accidental Family. This role earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations. He also had major roles on "Yes, Dear" and most recently, "The Middle".

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