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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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46.

Sean    

What is wrong with you people? Joe Paterno covered up for a child rapist. For at least 15 years. To protect his own fortune and legacy. F*@k him. I hope all the children that were raped after he became aware of Sandusky's actions (at least in 1996) get to piss on his grave. Paterno is not a good human. No matter how much good he may have done...his actions have damned him.

915 days ago
47.

StevenB    

Now is the time to be charitable toward him - but I just can't. He knowingly and purposely hid sexual abuse of minors for decades and even now when his health is failing he refuses to take any responsibility for that and for all the victims that never would have been victimized if he had been even half a man.

If he had shown any remorse or guilt, I would have been able to find at least a speck of charity for him but he hasn't and I can't.

915 days ago
48.

Kaffee    

We all write our own stories, some with more regrets than others.

915 days ago
49.

strmy7    

Karma's a bitch

915 days ago
50.

Casey    

You people are serious s***bags to say crap about a man that is sick. You all should rot.

915 days ago
51.

RonBurgundy    

He's been dead for 5 years already...

Watch his wife blame the University for firing the almighty one...

His character will not be measured by what he did on the field, but rather what he didn't do off of it...

He dies this weekend!

915 days ago
52.

t    

hate the perv not the jo pa you ****s are all sick saying its karma and good he is dying seeing he was somehow connected to this child abuse stuff. listen he wasnt the one touching little boys or ****ing them in the shower all you ****s that think it is good that he is dying or think its karma are the same people that prolly jerk off to underage teen porn you sick ****s

915 days ago
53.

truth    

@mattyman no one ruined his life, he turned a blind eye to children being abused in the worst way.......good people NEVER do that. He may not have commited the act but he didnt stop it, is football(sports) worth this? Hell know! Not going to sit here and act like I care! @williamsdc03...your a dumba$$ what the hell does legacy have to do with anything!.......START A REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!

915 days ago
54.

hank kelly    

He was more fortunate then most of us. He had a job that he loved until he was 85 years old. Sad?, yes, for the victims that never had to be.

915 days ago
55.

Jesus Christ    

Sorry I cracked more then your back...

915 days ago
56.

Joelle     

My prayer's are with the family. Joe did a lot for Penn State and PA as a whole. After living in State College for years I can say he was a good man and took care of many. Joe will be missed and there is no one who can take from him all he has done. He had a grand legacy and no one can take that from him.

915 days ago
57.

jumbo    

Can't help but to feel very sorry for this guy. 46 years is a long time to work for an organization just to get fired overnight. I have not really been following the case too deeply, but I thought this guy was untouchable, and had excellent job security.

915 days ago
58.

violet    

Sweet Jesus, who the heck checks ur spelling...

915 days ago
59.

DahhTroll    

He molested children. so good riedance!!!

Hell is is wating.

915 days ago
60.

Caroline    

Prayers to his family!

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