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Danville native Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86


Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told TMZ she was by his side when her husband passed away at their Arkansas ranch on Friday afternoon.

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

The site also reported that brother Dick, 92, made a visit to his little brother during Christmastime.

Van Dyke was best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on ABC's "Coach", which earned him four Emmy nominations.


Longtime comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke has died. "Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing.

He also acted in the thriller Run If You Can opposite Oscar victor Martin Landau and the 1969 comedy Angel In My Pocket with star Andy Griffith. In recent years, he performed in roles on "Yes Dear" and "The Middle".

Born and raised in Danville, Illi., Van Dyke started in stand-up before appearing on his brother's series in the early 1960s.

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