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Actor Jerry Van Dyke's Daughter Found Hanged

November 19, 1991

The daughter of television actor Jerry Van Dyke, apparently upset over marital problems, killed herself in her North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said Monday. A friend found the body of Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, 33, hanging in her bedroom about 5 p.m. Sunday, said Detective Mike Coffey.

Investigators found no suicide note, Coffey said, but about 20 minutes before she was found, Van Dyke-Nance phoned her husband, an actor on location in Madera County, and spoke of killing herself, Coffey said. Her husband, Jack Nance, phoned the Madera County Sheriff's Department, which in turn contacted Los Angeles police, Coffey said. But by the time police arrived at the couple's Bellingham Avenue apartment, her friend had already found her dead, Coffey said.

Van Dyke-Nance's father recently received an Emmy nomination for his role on the ABC program "Coach." Her uncle is actor Dick Van Dyke.

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