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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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136.

HungWang    

All I can say is the 30% of people who rail on an 86 year old for being an 86 year old in some situations makes you very righteous and very short cited. He did what an 86 year old would do. He didn't LET **** happen. People do what they can in life. He did so much more then any of you ever will. He is no more responsible for this as Charlie Manson's mother was for Sharon Tate's death. Oh yeah I'm sure of that the 30% who are either 16, stupid or just plain HATERS in general, half of you like his Manson's facebook status or think Roman The Molester should be left alone. Look the Man was great, and he will be SO much more remembered as great then for some x employee being a pervert. YOU PINHEADS!

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137.

SC Girl    

To commenter #124
Just to be clear, liberals aren't the only people on here crucifing Paterno! #narrowmindedidiot

1007 days ago
138.

SC Girl    

To All you Penn State Fans out there that are praising Joe Paterno's name like some kind of God,
You need to take a minute and think about how you would feel if your child were one of the 40 something kids involved in the "sex scandle cover up"...seriously doubt the man would be your Hero anymore.

This guy said 2 weeks ago that he had never heard of man raping a boy before.
People,how can you praise a man that would make a statement like that??????

1007 days ago
139.

KurdSIN    

God Took him. It's Enough Hes being SENT to hell. This should be a warning for others thinking they can live life without being caught when they do something In Secret Like Abuse children. GOD IS ALWAYS WATCHING. Goodbye. Enjoy hell.

1007 days ago
140.

Kevin    

Apparently some of the commenters on this board are part of the morality committee. Such perfect people. Rest in Peace joe Paterno. I will be at your candle light vigil this evening paying my respects. You will always be a great man and coach to myself and millions of others.

1007 days ago
141.

sam    

Murdered...

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142.

Dom The Mover    

He'll be Remembered as a College Sports Legend, It's something about when you die, Nobody speaks ill of you, unless your Hitler, look at George Steinbrenner, he was a tyrant running a team but was very generous as a human being, or Bonnie & Clyde, they were notorious Bank robbers but are idolized today

1007 days ago
143.

lindsey    

and for all you a**holes who feel the need to talk badly about him shame on you! would you want that done to you!?! think about his wife kids and grandkids! so many people especialy students looked up to him and he did SOOO much for the school! people make their own choices sandusky made his joepa didnt freaking rape little boys and he didnt know the whole story my goodness people! come on!

1007 days ago
144.

lindsey    

RIP JOEPA

you wil be missed great football coach and helped so many students in such a good way!

1007 days ago
145.

Betrayed Parents    

What a shame that Joe won't be able to fulfill his responsibility to testify in court about the child molester that he was covering up for. Well, this way, he won't have to serve time in prison for Criminal Negligence, Cover-Ups, and so forth.

You would be surprised at the people who are easily manipulated by and cower down to those who harbor child molesters.
Take Ohio Governor John Kasich for instance.
The administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) got caught while harboring several known repeat child molesters during the school's 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups committed against thousands of students and parents.
See ABCsOfBetrayal.com for the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence including audio recordings.
John Kasich, whose very own daughters were put in danger, let the administrators get away with it.
See 'Cowardice Is Contagious' at ABCsOfBetrayal.com/Cowardice.htm
Those WCS administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students, including Emma and Reese Kasich.

1007 days ago
146.

Betrayed Parents    


What a shame that Joe won't be able to fulfill his responsibility to testify in court about the child molester that he was covering up for. Well, this way, he won't have to serve time in prison for Criminal Negligence, Cover-Ups, and so forth.

You would be surprised at the people who are easily manipulated by and cower down to those who harbor child molesters.
Take Ohio Governor John Kasich for instance.
The administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) got caught while harboring several known repeat child molesters during the school's 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups committed against thousands of students and parents.
See ABCsOfBetrayal.com for the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence including audio recordings.
John Kasich, whose very own daughters were put in danger, let the administrators get away with it.
See 'Cowardice Is Contagious' at ABCsOfBetrayal.com/Cowardice.htm
Those WCS administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students, including Emma and Reese Kasich.

1007 days ago
147.

Betrayed Parents    

What a shame that Joe won't be able to fulfill his responsibility to testify in court about the child molester that he was covering up for. Well, this way, he won't have to serve time in prison for Criminal Negligence, Cover-Ups, and so forth.

You would be surprised at the people who are easily manipulated by and cower down to those who harbor child molesters.
Take Ohio Governor John Kasich for instance.
The administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) got caught while harboring several known repeat child molesters during the school's 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups committed against thousands of students and parents.
See ABCsOfBetrayal.com for the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence including audio recordings.
John Kasich, whose very own daughters were put in danger, let the administrators get away with it.
See 'Cowardice Is Contagious' at ABCsOfBetrayal.com/Cowardice.htm
Those WCS administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students, including Emma and Reese Kasich.

1007 days ago
148.

Mee    

Express justice THE BEST!

1007 days ago
149.

leah    

Hes a sickening dirty disgustting old fool,admit it , I bet hr knew a lot more than this to protect his f*** football career and univ What a hpocrite and actor and what he allowed is criminal be realistic. a pig,also who knows what he looked at on the internet and the real him he looks very sneaky to me, . , also what goes around comes around God proves, so many repulsive pigs out there, and thew dirty internet the supreme ct allows , what crooks all on a free ride kids getting viokated by the Supreme ct, silence, this is one nation under God not not the Devil, aka politics,their acctb h wood no 1 movies what trash actors are, drug addicts etc, , most of them
and its all approves by your gov reps , silently for their huge campg war chests, buy my silence, its a front ,for big corp most poltic are low life pigs idiots pedos too judges are also esp if their head of juvenile, thyey go into forest preserves for years i have heard polotcas are just ans sick as pedos for yrs, lyndon johnon kenndy sr nixon ,clinton, blatant pigs see clintons body count,, i was ref to, we need movers and shakers to expaoe more them like g ryan, great ROI? people we entrust, so immmoral no ethics , many but T God not all ty

1007 days ago
150.

Carl    

RIP. Too bad the scandal didn't come out just a couple months later. I think Joe got way too much blame in this simply because he is the most famous guy involved. In reality he was more middle management in this case. He was told about something he did not witness and passed that information on to the administration. We are assuming Mike McCreary told him explicitly what happened when I suspect it was much more vague (like Jerry was in the shower with the kid and it seemed weird, but there can be a reasonable explanation for it).

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