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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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106.

Liz    

His legacy is tarnished by the sex abuse scandal, but I got to say he gave his life to Penn State and the Football program. He died of a guilty conscience, IMHO!

972 days ago
107.

kendall    

Well-I guess this is better than prison! May have been a good coach, but not a good person...Good Ridence!

972 days ago
108.

Happy Man    

Burn in hell

972 days ago
109.

DUKE815    

BURN IN HELL JOE!!!

972 days ago
110.

Gretel    

RIP Joe Paterno. I wish things would have been different, just like you said when you tendered your resignation before the powers that be fired you. Burn in hell Jerry Sandusky, your twisted desires were far reaching. Just for the record, by the time that red headed man vaguely told Joe Paterno about what he thought he saw (didn't want to offend him, the red headed man said) Sandusky was no longer part of the program. RIP JoePa, it's a shame it came to this because of a monster.

972 days ago
111.

Rolm    

ROT IN HELL S***

972 days ago
112.

CriticXtreme    

When he turned his back on dudes being banged in the back, so automatically he brought his ticket on the karma train. He's not been picked up destination unknown.

972 days ago
113.

CriticXtreme    

[Correction]: When he turned his back on dudes being banged in the back, so automatically he brought his ticket on the karma train. He's now been picked up destination unknown.

972 days ago
114.

Jess93    

RIP JoePa. Yes, you made a great career with Football. And Yes, you did make a mistake. But why are so many people judging Joe, when its not there Jobs. God is the only person that has the right to Judge. All of you who are saying "Go to Hell" and "Rot in Hell", go do the same thing. He messed up, and he tried to help. Gotta remember, old age affects the brain more then you think. Leave Joe alone and if you want someone to be pissed at: go do it to Jerry. Not Joe.

972 days ago
115.

jerkoffking    

rip loser adultcitysearch.com grown girls

972 days ago
116.

Victoria     

In a television interview recently, Paterno claims he had never heard of men sodomizing boys before. Come on!!

It sickens me to see the outpouring for this guy. Where is the support for the victims of Sandusky- the guy Paterno should have tried to stop?

972 days ago
117.

Democrats are evil    

Typical, all the holier than thou liberals commenting their hatred for this man. Penn State fires him and he will never have his say in a trial. And the haters, ah yes, we all know how perfect and holy you all are yourselves. Let me guess. God and forgiveness is just a joke, right? I'm so moved by your intellect. Now go support your messiah Obama.

972 days ago
118.

Seldombinlaid    

R.I.P. JoPa

972 days ago
119.

Smarg    

Don't raise this individual.

This old man was literally and figuratively stuffed in the booth for over ten years so as to inflate his win record to 'unbeatable' levels.

Well, Penn Sate, how did that turn out for ya??

972 days ago
120.

sayre    

Penn state had to blame someone for their scande and Joe pa was it. Its sad that individuals cant responsibility for their actions. I would never send my child to penn state. The scandel pretty much killed joe pa.

972 days ago
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