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His widow, Shirley, told TMZ that Van Dyke, 86, died at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side, and that his health had been deteriorating since a vehicle accident over two years ago.

According to Variety, Jerry Van Dyke, Emmy-nominated actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died on Friday at age 86.

We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday.

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.

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

Van Dyke was born in Danville, Illinois and carried a decades-long career in television that started with a debut on the iconic Dick Van Dyke Show. This role earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations.

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. He also had major roles on "Yes, Dear" and most recently, "The Middle".

He is survived by his wife and two children.


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