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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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LanceUppercut    

I am in State College, PA. Joe has just passed away in the Mt. Nittany hospital. I played ice hockey at Penn State for a few years and had the pleasure of meeting Joe in the parking lot near his office one evening. He was a great man and didn't deserve the treatment he received from the Board of Trustees. Watch them try to suck up to his family now. I say charge them with attempted murder. Cancer was only half of it in my opinion.

1015 days ago
107.

patty    

well i guess while we wait for tmz to find out the truth, we can watch the cutest doggie ever on elen - posted on too fab http://www.toofab.com/2012/01/20/uggie-the-dog-is-adorable-on-ellen/?adid=rr_tfab_link

1015 days ago
108.

LanceUppercut    

I know I'm not the 'official' word, but trust me folks, he's gone. I am in the area.

1015 days ago
109.

Cowgirl    

What a sad, sad chapter in the collegiate sports world. If anything, one would hope that colleges will never again allow a head coach to remain in absolute power so long that he is above the rules of the school or the laws of the country. By donating large sums of money, or by taking a lesser salary, he insured his job. By looking the other way in the reports of child molestation, or by not insisting that justice be done to one of his own coaches, he became complicit in the cover-up
Clearly, his statement regarding not knowing a boy could be raped indicates his mental ineptness.

Students at Penn State are not to blame and have no guilt for this tragedy. But please stop shouting "We are Penn State!". Right now, honestly, the rest of us just can't stand to hear it. And please stop pretending that Joe Paterno was a saint. He clearly was not. The university is to blame for allowing him to gain omnipotence and not having the courage to right the ship when it was very clearly, sinking.

1015 days ago
110.

TruthFull2000    

You know I see a lot of people saying the child molestation thing was Sandusky's fault alone and not Paterno's but if your child was being molested at school and another teacher saw wouldnt you want them to speak up? When a crime like this goes on theres no innocent bystander.

1015 days ago
111.

Doodles    

Death is too easy for him. Unless, hell is all it's cracked up to be, then he can be a poor little boy in the shower.

1015 days ago
112.

Nick    

RIP Coach....... **** what they say about you over Jerry, you did nothing wrong, and I probably would have done the same thing you did, report it to my bosses, and when I heard nothin about it after that, would have dismissed it as well. I will always remember you as the BEST COACH in College Sports, PERIOD!!!!!!!!! You made me a Penn St. Fan -4- Lyfe.....

1015 days ago
113.

patty    

THE ATLANTIC WIRE NEWSPAPER:

"Absolutely not true." That's the statement of Dan McGinn, spokesman for the Paterno family, on a circulating report that Joe Paterno has died at age 85 from complications in his ongoing treatment for lung cancer. There's no denying that the former Penn State coach's health has been rapidly failing in recent weeks. But the report, picked up by CBS News and The Huffington Post from a tweet (now removed) issued by Onward State, a Penn State news outlet, appears to be erroneous.

1015 days ago
114.

nof    

What a way to go out:


As someone, very much like my old high school coach, who preferred:


"Looking the other way."

1015 days ago
115.

HarveyRLevin    

R.I.P. JoePa~~~~~~~~~~~

1015 days ago
116.

cjs    

He KNEW and yet could still call plays which requires knowing what to do in an instant.

Yet had NO idea what to do with information that was given to him years ago?

You "hear" something that shocking and call 911.

He will be remembered for knowing and doing nothing.

1015 days ago
117.

hahahha    

Who cares about this accomplice to child rape?

1015 days ago
118.

bunny    

Sounds like getting fired was the best thing for his health.

1015 days ago
119.

HarveyRLevin    

Could you people please reach inside yourselves...and have a little compasion. Yes, Joe did a bad thing. But the man is dead. DEAD is forever!

1015 days ago
120.

CHRIS    

COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A NICER GUY LETS JUST HOPE THAT OTHER A..HOL. JOINS U SOON

1015 days ago
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