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Joe Paterno

In Serious Condition

1/21/2012 3:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno, the legendary former coach at Penn State University, has suffered health complications and is in serious condition ... this according to a rep for the Paterno family. 

The spokesperson released a statement, saying in part, "Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications. His doctors have now characterized his status as serious."

His son Jay tweeted, "I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight."

Another son, Scott, responded to a report that JoePa had passed, tweeting, "Dad is alive but in serious condition. We continue to ask for your prayers and privacy during this time."

Onward State, a student-run newspaper on campus, reported Saturday he had been taken off his respirator. The Citizens Voice, a newspaper in nearby Wilkes-Barre, PA, reported Paterno's wife Sue summoned close friends and longtime staff members to State College hospital.

Paterno was the coach at Penn State for 46 years, until he was famously fired by the school last November following the sexual abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

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Paterno died Sunday morning, the family announced. He was 85.

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patty    

i just can't say it - but i bet you can guess........

1003 days ago
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Joey Boots    

I wouldn't be surprised if the last many months hastened his demise.

1003 days ago
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livereater    

hey joe, take sandusky to the grave with u.

1003 days ago
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Bellaca    

Well, this is a convenient time to push up daisies. He'll be absolved of all wrongdoings from the Penn State sex scandal.

1003 days ago
5.

Keane    

Recent events aside, Joe Pa was great coach and a great person. Never wanted to see him go like this.

1003 days ago
6.

i said lesbians...    

i wouldve been saddened for joepa but after that child molestation stuff...could care less.

1003 days ago
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MattyMAN    

Joey Paterno,Im sorry Jerry S ruined your life and career when you had nothing to do with it. I will miss you forever and love you. Even Im a WVU fan, but I love sports. If you have a problem with Paterno, Contact em and Burn In Hell at the same time

1003 days ago
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williamsdc03    

I kind of saw this coming. Penn State was his passion. His life. And his reason for living. Unfortunate that his legacy will be tainted as the result of one perverts actions. He was fired unjustly in my opinion. Sad

1003 days ago
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iimE    

An incurable case of Karma.

1003 days ago
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London Vik    

Good riddance

1003 days ago
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patty    

after that interview he gave last week claiming he didn't even know a man could rape another man - then blaming everything on the college police - i can't even look at him any more - he couldn't just give a quiet apology to the victims - he had to make it worse

1003 days ago
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TheMachine1    

Could be worst he could be on his death bed and have pain in his backside from rape.

1003 days ago
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gossip1    

Uh-oh dats no good

1003 days ago
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kristin    

Prayers to JoePA and his family! Damn you board of trustee's for doing this to him. I've never been prouder to be a Penn State student!! PS<3's U !!!!!

1003 days ago
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char    

I'm sure the scandal didn't help his health condition. Would like to see him live to testify and try to clear his name. Sandusky has caused alot of pain to many and I would hope he would stop the pain if in fact he is guilty and plead on the mercy of this nation and God and his victims.

1003 days ago
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