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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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166.

Monica     

WBRE in Wilkes Barre PA just announce at 9:07 that Paterna has passed away.

949 days ago
167.

Jackie    

He just died...

949 days ago
168.

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.

949 days ago
169.

shannon    

greatness is not defined by touchdowns, greatness is doing what is right sadly his life will be defined by what he did not do.

945 days ago
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