Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dead at 86

Kristopher Nichols
January 7, 2018

Jerry Van Dyke, best known for his role as Luther Van Dam in the long-running sitcom Coach and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday in Arkansas, according to multiple reports.

Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told the site he passed away Friday, two years after a debilitating auto accident injured them both.

It's said that the actor's health has been on the decline since being involved in a serious vehicle accident about two-years ago.

We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday.

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

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.

"I looked up to him as a kid", Van Dyke remarked of his brother Dick to The Los Angeles Times in 2015. After Coach he had roles in My Name is Earl, Raising Hope, The Millers and most recently as Tag Spence, Patricia Heaton's TV dad, in The Middle. He had three children with his first wife Carol - his daughters Jerri Lynn and Kelly Jean and son Ronald.

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