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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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char    

I will remember Paterno as a great football coach who was a great opponent.

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17.

dd    

Very sad...

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18.

URSilly    

"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the LORD."

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19.

mika    

i wish him hell

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20.

Johnny Carcinoma    

At least his suffering is done.

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21.

static    

"They discovered to their vast discomfiture that their idol had feet of clay, after placing him upon a pedestal" (James Joyce).

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22.

KellyBunny    

Anyone condemning Joe Paterno's life in full over one moment in time should never again be allowed to watch any Polanski movies, or Woody Allen, or listen to Sonny & Cher records (and remember, Sonny was a Congressman), or Chuck Berry for that matter, forget anything with Rob Lowe in it, add Errol Flynn, Kelsey Grammer, AND Don Johnson to that list. And Steven Tyler. And those are just the child rapists. Don't get me started on the NFL. Oh, and for the love of God, don't listen to Let It Be or any other John Lennon records, since Phil Spector is a murderer. And Paterno didn't even commit a crime. Was he wrong? Yes. Does he deserve the hatred? No.

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23.

rosebud    

when you look the other way when you see a precious child getting molested or raped, something is wrong with you ,I cant understand football coming first in any ones life over a child being abused in ANY WAY.the abuse of our children in this country is wrong,there is no excuse for why it was overlooked at a place where children went for help,its sick,and so is EVERYONE involved in this case, and anyone who is ok with what has happened to those children ,are just as guilty.

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24.

Kari    

His life and career were amazing--that will never change. But...I will still always remember he knew about child sexual abuse and did nothing. Sad.

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25.

reader    

too bad you put football above children's safety, that is how you will be remembered by me,

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26.

Angelina    

RIP Joe........you will be missed! Sorry that you were dragged through the mud for something that you had no control over, you were punished for something someone else done, you did your part and reported to your superiors. You did right Joe, you are still our hero. People overlooked all of the good you have done, and tarnished your great accomplishments with a scandal. We love you Joe and we will miss you, may you rest in peace!

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27.

Buddy Lee    

Im sure there are many who will miss this man. So many years at one institution, he touched so many boys, er, I mean lives during his tenure. Rot in hell old man!

Peace out!

915 days ago
28.

Kathy    

RIP Its possible he died of a broken heart.

915 days ago
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aB*    

it is such a shame that this great giving man's legend has been tainted by sandusky! he devoted himself to others not only in football but financially, academically & morally. may he rest in peace & forever live on in the hearts of penn state's students & alumni. & all across PA & the US.

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30.

Mark    

409 victories

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