Jerry Van Dyke, comedian and actor, dies at 86

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Longtime comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke has died. He was 86 years old. (CBS via Getty Images)

Longtime comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke has died. He was 86 years old.

The younger brother of famed actor Dick Van Dyke, Jerry made his own name in comedy, most notably as one of the stars of TV's "Coach."

"Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing.

"He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on "Coach." It is just devastating news. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the family."

His wife says he died of heart failure in Arkansas Friday afternoon.

Van Dyke was best known for playing the assistant coach on the hit series Coach. He also made appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show -- a classic sitcom named after his older brother.

Jerry's wife says she and her husband suffered a major car accident two-and-a-half years ago and that he never fully recovered from his injuries.
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