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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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76.

2idiots    

Joe,
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I'd say introduce yourself to Satan but I'm confident you two have been friends since the day you decided to NOT protected the children victimized by Sandusky. I hope you enjoy spending eternity in hell.

973 days ago
77.

crystal    

karma karma karma haters

973 days ago
78.

crystal    

a huge loss

973 days ago
79.

Mike    

Please vote: Is Joe Paterno "Dead" or "Not Dead" ?

973 days ago
80.

2idiots    

HeatherM: 19 minutes ago
It truly disgusts me to read these comments from people about how Joe Paterno is "getting sodomized by Hitler in Hell" and "I would of been the cancer that killed" him. Especially when it is pretty safe to say they didn't look into another about the scandal themselves and have just been gobbling up the inaccurate and over exaggerated reports and speculations that turned him into a monster. Joe Paterno was not the monster in this scandal. No one has any idea what his position was the matter besides himself. Who are you to sit on your pedestal casting down judgement?
Joseph Paterno was a great man, a far better man than most people can dream to be. He led a modest and humbled lifestyle, giving a predominant portion of his salary back to the school, but it never went to athletics. He doubled the size of our library. Countless students are only able to attend Penn State thanks to the scholarships offered in his name. He has made countless donations to Penn State's Dance MaraTHON (thon.org) which is the world's largest student-run philanthropy aimed at battling pediatric cancer. In his final living donation to the school, he built a spiritual community center to bring students together in their faith.
He held all students to a higher standard than most, including the football players. Penn State's football team has the highest graduation rate in the NCAA under his coaching. He suspended star linebacker Dan Connor just for prank-calling boosters, suspended many star players because of their involvement in a fight, forced the entire football team to clean Beaver stadium after home football games because of said fight, and kicked Austin Scott off of the team (effectively ending his football career) just because he was accused of rape (the charges were eventually dropped because the accuser wasn't credible). How people believe that he covered up the sexual molestation of children just to keep from tarnishing the football team’s good name is beyond me.
Joe Paterno was far more than just a football coach. He was a positive role model to everyone at Penn State. That is how he will be remembered. His positive legacy will forever be remembered by his Penn State family. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
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How nice of you to point out all the "positive" things Paterno did for PENN State. Why have you FAILED to mentioned the fact the he covered up sex crimes against children.
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I believe Joe Paterno will be remember as a person AS GUILTY as Sandusky and not the "positive figure" you WANT him to be. All the "good" he did has been overshadowed by his participation in the cover-up.

973 days ago
81.

jetfanglo    

may he rest in peace.........that being said....it's football,people.....FOOTBALL !......let's not forget the cross he was bearing.......bearing because he CHOSE to keep silent........

973 days ago
82.

Hohan    

It's not pretty what beleezebub is doing to that old fart right now

973 days ago
83.

Fuck Celebrities    

He tried to bury the molestation in favor of football.

This makes him a great man? A stupid game trumps sexual abuse?

Nice.

972 days ago
84.

William    

I will remember JoePa in a good way. Let's not forget, as far as the scandal is concerned, there has been no trial, no one has been convicted, and JoePa is not charged with breaking any laws. Perhaps he knew something in the 90s, perhaps he didn't. The university could have handled his departure much better. Usually, only hindsight is 20/20.

972 days ago
85.

birdman    

RIP the guilt must have got to him

972 days ago
86.

Joey Boots    

For those who doubt Joe Paterno is in hell right now here's your proof.....just tweeted>>>>>> @TimTebow I just spoke to God & he told me that in fact Joe Paterno has been cast in to the pits of hell

972 days ago
87.

bohemianrhythm    

It's 409 wins, TMZ. Way to get your facts straight.

RIP Joe Paterno. Your kindness, generosity, dedication, and unwavering high standards touched more people's lives than you knew.

972 days ago
88.

ColoradoRob    

At least he was around long to be exposed for morally bankrupt hypocrite he really was. As far as his donations he just did what anybody at his level is to do. How much of it do you think was for nothing more than a tax write off?

972 days ago
89.

Michael j vallejo    

Enjoy Hell !

972 days ago
90.

woobie    

Coach had 409 wins not 405.

972 days ago
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