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

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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 the New York Times that his health had deteriorated since a traffic accident in 2015. Shirley said her husband's health began deteriorating after they were both involved in a auto accident two years earlier.

The site also reported that brother Dick, 92, made a visit to his little brother during Christmastime.


Jerry Van Dyke made his mark as both a stand-up comedian and as an actor in a fascinating career spanning decades of work. 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.

It wasn't until he landed the role of Luther on Coach in 1989 that he gained prominent fame.

He appeared as a guest star on a number of shows with his brother, including the classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show", in which he played younger brother Stacie Petrie. He had three children with his first wife Carol - his daughters Jerri Lynn and Kelly Jean and son Ronald.

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