Comedian And 'Coach' Star Jerry Van Dyke Is Dead At Age 86

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According to Variety, Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday at age 86.

Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told the site he passed away Friday, two years after a debilitating vehicle accident injured them both. According to the website, she noted his health had been deteriorating since they were both in a vehicle accident more than two years ago.

Jerry Van Dyke was a well-known comedian who performed at various military bases and appeared on television programs. TMZ reported Dick Van Dyke visited his brother and his wife over the Christmas holiday at the ranch. He went to earn multiple roles on TV shows throughout his prolific career, and he even earned four Emmy nominations for his part on Coach.

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The late comedian was known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on ABC's "Coach".

He is survived by his older brother Dick Van Dyke as well as numerous children and grandchildren. His most recognizable role came in 1989, when he was cast opposite Craig T. Nelson in the aforementioned Coach (pictured right), which aired for nine seasons between 1989-1997.

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