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

Jerry Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke's younger brother - has died at 86, TMZ reports.

His widow, Shirley, told TMZ that Van Dyke, 86, died at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side, and that his health had been deteriorating since a auto accident over two years ago. No cause of death was immediately reported.

As a high school student, Van Dyke was known as a class clown, according to a talent bio.

Born and raised in Danville, Illi., Van Dyke started in stand-up before appearing on his brother's series in the early 1960s. A few of his other ill-fated projects included "Accidental Family", "Headmaster" and "13 Queens Boulevard". He also played in Las Vegas, at Playboy Clubs, and on cruise ships in a stage show in the 60s.

Jerry's best known for his role on "Coach". where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst. "Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing.

In 1989, however, Van Dyke nabbed the role of Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on "Coach", which ran until 1997.

After "Coach" ended, Van Dyke continued to make guest appearances in sitcoms like "Yes, Dear", "Raising Hope" and "My Name is Earl".

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