Comedian Jerry Van Dyke dies, aged 86

Comedian Jerry Van Dyke dies, aged 86

Mr Van Dyke died on Friday at his Arkansas ranch, his wife has revealed.

The comedian died of heart failure.

According to reports , he never fully recovered from a “horrible car accident” which happened two and a half years ago and left him “injured very badly”.

His brother, Dick, who is aged 92, visited him at the 800-acre ranch in Arkansas over Christmas.

Jerry was best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on American sitcom Coach.

He won four consecutive Emmy Award nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his part in the sitcom.

Jerry was also made a regular on The Judy Garland Show.

The comedian starred in a string of supporting movie roles and stints in television series including My Mother the Car and Accidental Family.

He also made guest appearances on his brother’s classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.

During one appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in the 1990s, Jerry joked about reaching the later stages of his career.

He said: “It’s better that way.

“When you make it as an older guy then people know you as being older … I don’t have to worry about people saying, ‘Jeez, he’s getting old.'”

His TV son from the sitcom ‘Yes, Dear’ actor Mike O’Malley was among those who led tributes Jerry on Twitter.

Mr O’Malley said: “Jerry Van Dyke played my Dad on ‘Yes, Dear’ for six seasons. He was hilarious on TV and in real life. One episode our father and son duo got into a fist fight with Hall of Famers @JohnnyBench_5, Ernie Banks and Frank Robinson. We lost, and we laughed all day. “

Following the news, other Twitter users paid tribute to the late comedian.

One user tweeted: “It might not surprise you to know that I have a reverence for TV comedy sidekicks and Jerry Van Dyke was one of the best. Rest In Peace.”

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