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Joe Paterno

Dead at 85

1/22/2012 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Paterno dies at the age of 85
Joe Paterno -- the legendary former football coach at Penn State University -- died this morning at the age of 85 ... this according to his family.

His family released a statement that reads, "He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

The front page of the website for the Penn State athletic department was updated with simply a picture of Paterno (see below).

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Jerry Sandusky, the longtime assistant coach facing sexual abuse allegations that led to Paterno's dismissal at Penn State, called his death a sad day ... and Paterno "had the courage to practice what he preached" about toughness, hard work and clean competition.

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 Sandusky.

In November 2011, his son Scott announced Paterno had a treatable form of lung cancer.

JoePa, as he was known, holds the record for most victories by a Division I football coach with 409. 


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anon.    

R.I.P.

903 days ago
2.

PatinNJ    

RIH

903 days ago
3.

Tim    

RIP JoePa....

903 days ago
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js    

I'll remember the millions he donated to THON to combat childhood cancer. I'll remember the library he constructed so Penn State students could have better educational facilities. I'll remember the fact that his team has had more Academic Bowl #1 rankings than any other team in the IA program.

Then I'll think with disgust how the media killed him by making him a scapegoat. RIP JoePa. Thanks for everything.

903 days ago
5.

Andrew    

RIP Joe Paterno. You touched many lives during your life and allowed many children to be touched as well.

903 days ago
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Pogue Mahone    

I couldn't care less about redneck football and the first time I even HEARD about the guy was about the sex scandal.Before that I had never heard of him before and had no idea who he was.

903 days ago
7.

yuji    

rest in peace, you will always be remembered as a great coach

903 days ago
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Blah_Blah_Blah    

Hope he got right with God. People who know of molestion but do nothing to prevent it are just as guilty!

903 days ago
9.

anni    

GOOD

903 days ago
10.

Ron    

Now that he's getting sodomized by Hitler in hell, he realizes the seriousness of his inaction.

903 days ago
11.

karisma    

Sad. Not a surprise, as he lost everything that was his life this year, but still sad.

903 days ago
12.

chev    

he will be remembered in a negative way to many but most people will know him for all he did over the years and think of him positivly. at least he had a chance to speak for himself on it before he died. he accepted he should have done more. he did go to authorities and maybe he turned a blind eye to the fact that the authorities obviously did very little about it but who are we to know what he was "adviced" to do after that etc. anyway i think he will be remembered for the better things he did.

903 days ago
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Dennis Johnson    

RIP JOE.

903 days ago
14.

Chun LI    

Good riddance

903 days ago
15.

Bubbles The Chimp    

May the devil rape your soul nightly for the amount of pain you have caused to many kids, Paterno.

903 days ago
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