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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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151.

MISERABLE66    

KARMA!!!!!!!!!! sweet sweet karma..... karma=moral justice.

817 days ago
152.

rainbow4321    

AP just announced he finally died...rot in hell, Paterno.

817 days ago
153.

Rich    

Please stop acting like he is a innocent Man he is a product of America's Greed. Fame and wealth. Kid's do not matter!
Great coach and a never mind. It is not me! YES it Was YOU!!
You *******!!!

817 days ago
154.

Rich    

GOOD BYE

817 days ago
155.

Rich    

**** Happens !!

817 days ago
156.

franky knuckles    

definately using terminal illness to avoid criminal charges !!!!!! and for those who think sandouchsky acted alone.. gtfoh !!! this **** is been going on for years (franklin schandal), and the worst part is that most of them involved are still doing it to this day..

817 days ago
157.

YOLO18    

It's No Secret Penn State Killed Joe Paterno...After They Fired Him He Had Nothing Left...Dude Dedicated Basically His WHOLE LIFE To Them...They Should Feel Very Bad...

817 days ago
158.

AFIRMHEADONSHOULDERS    

I think these negative comments are disheartning and just shows you how pathetic the human race can be. First of all he never himself did any wrong doing. Everyone makes mistakes. And if criminals can be released from jail and die in peace then why can't a older man who has worked his entire life, and who yes recently made a mistake but who are you to decide on what happened and what didn't. Were you there no, so feel good about yourself and wish poorly on this helpless old man. What my wish for each of you and the media is to stop harrassing him and his family. This is ridiculous and I my prayers and wishes go out to his family at this time. As for everyone who has something negatively to say kick rocks, you don't know what happened you hear it from tmz, and on that note get a life.

817 days ago
159.

Guy    

All these people claiming karma, I hope it hits every single one of you the same way.

817 days ago
160.

Mel    

I just read that he passed away!

817 days ago
161.

nizzle    

Karma is a bitch!

817 days ago
162.

live    

TheWrap.com reported that Joe Paterno has passed away.

817 days ago
163.

Pamela Carter    

RIP....condolences to family.

817 days ago
164.

barbie    

My local news reported he already passed away.

817 days ago
165.

D    

People is reporting that he died.

817 days ago
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