We’re barely finishing out the first week of 2018 and Hollywood has just suffered another devastating loss of one of the most beloved icons of our time. If the first six days on the year, with already three unexpected deaths are any indication of what’s to come, it could look like 2018 could bring more losses that births – just when we thought it was going to be the year of the baby.
It was just yesterday that we learned of the sudden death of the 33-year-old Star Trek star who also appeared in several 90’s era sitcoms. Now, the news of a major television great is hitting Tinsel Town particularly hard. The “ultimate equalizer” doesn’t discriminate as death can’t be spared by living in Hollywood or any level of celebrity, success, or money.
Jerry Van Dyke — the famed younger brother of Dick Van Dyke — has died … TMZ has learned.
Jerry’s wife, Shirley, tells us … he died Friday afternoon at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side. She says they were involved in a car accident over 2 years ago … and Jerry’s health had deteriorated since.
We’re told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday.
A beloved comedian just like his brother, Jerry pursued stand-up as a young man and performed at military bases around the world. He made his acting debut on “The Dick Van Dyke” show and followed that up with appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” before becoming a regular on “The Judy Garland Show.”
Jerry’s best known for his role on “Coach” … where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst. Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson. He also had major roles on “Yes, Dear” and most recently, “The Middle.”
He’s survived by his wife and 2 children. Jerry was 86.
While there are a lot of great television shows to entertain us in this current day, there is nothing like the sitcoms of the recent past, such as Coach, in which Jerry made great. He was a part of many 80’s and 90’s kids’ childhoods. He reperesented an era of entertainment that’s loved by many even if the current trends are more your vibe. He was wholesome and humorous and for some, an excellent male role model they may not have had in their home, even if it was just on the television. He’s what television used to be all about and he will be greatly missed.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family he leaves behind. They lost a great man they had they opportunity to know personally and he leaves his mark behind in the joy he brought many families he’ll never know who will remember him by his infectious smile.
On Friday, Blake Waldorf for PS Republic reported of the sudden passing of a young Star Trek star who was in TV during the same time as Van Dyke:
Jon Paul Steuer was only a few years old when he first appeared in Hollywood. After a few years of acting, scandal rocked the hit show that he was on so he decided to leave the show and he couldn’t get another acting job after that even though the scandal didn’t involve him. Following the scandal, he left Tinsel town and he decided to pursue his other passion, music.
According to Comicbook, Jon, who is best known for his work as a child actor in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” died this week at the age of 33.
Steuer rose to fame by portraying Worf’s son Alexander Rozhenko in a 1990 episode of the series titled, “Reunion.” His largest role came a couple of years later, when he acted in 73 episodes of “Grace Under Fire.”
According to Oregon newspaper Willamette Week, Steuer passed away on New Year’s Day, though a cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
After his starring turn in Grace Under Fire, when he was just 12 years old, Steuer decided to step away from acting. In 2003, the former actor resurfaced as a popular punk musician in Denver, forming the band, Soda Pop Kids.
Since then, Steuer has been a staple in the music and restaurant community in Portland, Oregon. He performed with his band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. around town in addition to DJ’ing at various locations.
In 2015, Steuer opened his own vegan restaurant in Northeast Portland, Harvest at the Bindery. His band was scheduled to perform on Friday night in a tribute show for Fred Cole.
Only time will tell what his sudden cause of his death was and if he had any unknown struggles that were the cause of it. It is truly tragic when anyone passes away so prematurely like this, regardless of the situation. RIP Jon.