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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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121.

Joey Boots    

I need a calling on this - can I take back my insulting comments concerning Joe Paterno and use them again when he really dies?

949 days ago
122.

No comment    

Maybe the family is denying it because they don't want those college kids rioting and standing in front of JoePa's house all night. Doesn't matter, he's dead to me.

949 days ago
123.

pushpam    

Lets all pray for his recovery.
I read in this blog that he is very fast near death.
http://www.jpbuzz.com/2012/joe-paterno-near-death-serious-condition-in-bed-of-lung-cancer-pelvis-injury/

949 days ago
124.

pushpam    

Joe is noear death. Please pray for him.
http://www.jpbuzz.com/2012/joe-paterno-near-death-serious-condition-in-bed-of-lung-cancer-pelvis-injury/

949 days ago
125.

yadda yadda    

you do know he did NOT touch the children, he did NOT see them being hurt, he was a person being told 3rd person by someone else what they may or may not have seen. He did tell his superiors, should he have gone to the police, yes but he isn't the criminal. The disease he is dying from no one should have to suffer with nor should any family have to watch a love one succumb to it.

My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

949 days ago
126.

SNAFU    

Bye Bye.

949 days ago
127.

N..    

Looks like he is going to get off easy.

949 days ago
128.

djperry927    

Um, he's gone now.

949 days ago
129.

yellowputty    

Rape enabler

949 days ago
130.

LMFAO    

Karma is a b*tch!!!

949 days ago
131.

bring back recent posts    

....I do wonder what his last thoughts are as a Catholic..........................................just saying...I do wish him peace on earth..time is running out!JUST SAY SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

949 days ago
132.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Yeah well, the victims of Jerry Sandusky die a little more each day.

949 days ago
133.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Who cares? Not any molested children he threw under the bus!

949 days ago
134.

Cel405    

The fact that he knew what was happening and did nothing is just as bad as committing the act itself. Contacting the police should have been the very first thing he did, so yes, imo, he did nothing. I have no sympathy for him or anyone else who injures / molests a child, or allows it to happen. To anyone who defends him, I doubt your position would be the same if it were YOUR child this happened to and he stood by and did nothing.

949 days ago
135.

Zack    

Onward State isn't a student run newspaper on campus, it's a student run blog. The Daily Collegian is the newspaper.

949 days ago
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