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


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.

Family reports Van Dyke had suffered health issues related to a auto accident in 2015.

Comedian and Coach actor Jerry Van Dyke has died at the age of 86. She noted that a vehicle accident both were involved in two years ago provided deteriorated health in the aftermath. While it is unclear if Jerry's brother Dick was present at the time of his passing, Shirley did confirm that the brothers spent time together while Dick visited them for Christmas last month.

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

Jerry Van Dyke played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson on the show "Coach" for 9 seasons.

A stand-up comic, Van Dyke made his TV debut on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as Stacey Petrie, the brother of Dick's Rob Petrie, making four appearances over the run of the series.

Jerry Van Dyke with the rest of the Coach cast.