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

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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 vehicle accident over two years ago.

Van Dyke was also known for his role on "Coach" where he played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam.

The comedian - who is the younger brother of legendary actor Dick Van Dyke - passed away at his ranch in Arkansas on Friday (05.01.18).

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Van Dyke's television career began in tandem with his brother's, as one of his earliest appearances was on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1962 as Stacey Petrie.

He had turned down the lead role in "Gilligan's Island" in favor of the highly ridiculed "My Mother the vehicle", which lasted a single season. 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. The ABC sitcom ran for nine seasons, ending its run in 1997. "Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing.

Jerry Van Dyke with the rest of the Coach cast. This role earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations.

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