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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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91.

sparkles67    

god never pays his debts in money.
you're next sandusky

1007 days ago
92.

Carlos J    

Reading some of these comments are insane, how IGNORANT can you be? It's amazing how people judge a man for something he did not do. Yes he made a mistake but he did report it like he was told to do! Instead of focusing on that's ass***** do a lil research, see the unmeasurable amount of good this man did. See how humble the man was, the millions he gave away, the thousands upon thousands of lives he changed on and off the field. To say rest in hell or may they rape him in hell? Wtf is wrong with you people? If you feel so bad about what happened how can you wish it upon others? May Joe Paterno RIP, and my prayers go out to his wife who has also done so much for PSU and thousands of others as she deals with this pain and the ignorance that plagues our country.

1007 days ago
93.

jp    

RIP JOEPA. One of best in college football.

1007 days ago
94.

sweetbaby    

What a selfish pig bastard! He did NOTHING to protect innocent boys when he KNEW they were being RAPED by Sandusky.

Looks like you will rot in HELL for the selfish way you looked the other way to protect your precious Pedophile State University....sicko!

1007 days ago
95.

3Storms    

Congrats to Penn State University and the liberal media who wanted a sacrificial lamb who did what school regulations required him to do with reporting it up he chain of command

1007 days ago
96.

pattycake    

child molester hider... he sucked..later ..enjoy hell

1007 days ago
97.

Karla    

Prayers to JoePa's family and friends....In spite of what many are attempting to do here he will not be remembered in a bad way as he did much good and frankly it is not for anyone to judge....it might be good to recall like everything in life There but for the Grace of God......RIP

1007 days ago
98.

Pimpcessa    

May GOD have mercy on your soul............the same amount that you showed to those little boys that you could have protected. I don't believe in crucifying the dead, but I damn sure don't believe in cannonizing a man who put the boys club and a football team before the safety of innocent children.

1007 days ago
99.

Jordan    

RIP, Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno is in Heaven.

Greedy Steve Jobs is in eternal heat and Hell. Greedy Apple uses Chinese slave labor to make their products so Apple's top executive creeps can become billionaires.

1007 days ago
100.

Marie    

Too bad he was a coward in this life. I hope God forgives him and teaches him that a child's safety is more important than winning trophies and receiving money. Rest in peace.

1007 days ago
101.

Mike    

So what you are all saying is that it is ok to molest children as long as you win football games. You are all just as sick as him.

1007 days ago
102.

hahahha    

Good, he deserves zero sympathy. He chose a football program over the innocence of kids.... Who cares that he protected his buddy the rapist, he won the most games ever

1007 days ago
103.

Tom Jones    

To protect the big football machine, he enabled child rape. Rot in hell

1007 days ago
104.

Wwwyki79    

Honestly people need to get off his back. Those kids probably deserved it anyway, they were probably little assclowns who were begging for it.

1007 days ago
105.

pat warnock    

may he burn in hell for what he didn't do

1007 days ago
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