Comedian Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86

Tonya Becker
January 7, 2018

Jerry's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told the New York Times that his health had deteriorated since a traffic accident in 2015.

Jerry Van Dyke, the comedian brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, reportedly has died at the age of 86. Though an exact cause of death is unknown, the actor is said to have been involved in a auto accident two years ago from which he never truly recovered.

For years, Van Dyke was best known for his starring role in the television sitcom "My Mother the vehicle", before finding success as the sidekick in television's "Coach".

He won four consecutive Emmy Award Nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" for the part.

His career started when he did stand-up comedy at high school and went on to perform at military bases around the world. Van Dam assisted to Craig T. Nelson's Coach Hayden Fox as they oversaw the fictional Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles.

He reunited on screen with his celebrity sibling on The Middle, where Dick guest starred as the estranged brother of Van Dyke's character, Tag.

He is survived by his older brother Dick Van Dyke as well as numerous children and grandchildren.

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