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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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kaysquared05    

he died

905 days ago
77.

Paul    

He's dead.......

905 days ago
78.

NSimonefan    

Die, bastard, die!

905 days ago
79.

Spiggle    

He died

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/34497800

905 days ago
80.

Chris    

To all the stupid, ignorant people here Joe Paterno didn't rape those kids, Sandusky did. The only thing Paterno is guilty for is not doing enough to stop it from happening.

905 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

RIP Joe Paterno

905 days ago
82.

Jennifer Taylor    

He's gone. Check People.com. I know you did wrong, but you were still a phenomenal coach. Rest well, JoePa.

905 days ago
83.

Wendy A.    

He has died.

905 days ago
84.

ColoradoRob    

At least he was outed for the piece of garbage he truly was before he checked out. Paterno was King at Penn St.He could've exposed and stopped Sandusky ten years ago but he chose to put a football program ahead of humanity. There's a place waiting for him down under and I don't mean Australia!

905 days ago
85.

Piquebu    

He's gone. It's not a rumor. Sad to see how his life/career ended.

905 days ago
86.

Samantha    

Apparently he's passed away... breaking news.

905 days ago
87.

lovejoepa    

joe *tear* we miss you already

905 days ago
88.

patty    

idk, now they ate saying the opposite as 19 secs ago the family is denying he passed away so knows

905 days ago
89.

Joey Boots    

Nobody has taken @JoePaInHell yet on twitter....surprised.

905 days ago
90.

patty    

huffington post 5 mins ago
"A spokesperson for the Paterno family has denied a report by CBS that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died. CBS previously reported that the 85-year-old college-football legend had succumbed in his battle with lung cancer.

The CBS report on Paterno's death was based on a tweet by Onward State, an online Penn State news outlet."

905 days ago
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