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


Jerry Van Dyke, the comedian brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, reportedly has died at the age of 86.

His wife, Shirley Ann Jones told the New York Times that his health had been deteriorating since he was in a traffic accident in 2015.

It's said that the actor's health has been on the decline since being involved in a serious auto accident about two-years ago. 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 got his start in acting on his brother's classic TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, when he was cast as Stacey Petrie. He was also made a regular on The Judy Garland Show as well as a string of supporting movie roles and stints in television series including "My Mother the Car", "Accidental Family" and "Coach", for which he received four Emmy nominations. Van Dyke's career included the distinction of being Judy Garland's co-star on The Judy Garland Show, the late '60s series Accidental Family and the lead human role in the infamous sitcom My Mother the auto.

He's survived by his wife and 2 children.