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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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121.

Frist1    

Hummm The Devil must have needed him home.

944 days ago
122.

Samara    

RIP, I think we need to remember not to judge people by todays standards that happened years ago. This was a topic that wasn't discussed and many people made the wrong choice. Judging is never the answer nor does it solve the problem.

944 days ago
123.

Muppet    

Gee TMZ nothing bad to say about the man today? Someone there does have a conscience! Amazing!
Rest in peace Joe, you were the fall guy for a bunch of people which is truly sad. I wish he had had his day in court to bring down the police and others that failed to act when he told them what was happening!

944 days ago
124.

fran    

RIP...condolences to the family

944 days ago
125.

watcher 1    

burn in hell bastard

944 days ago
126.

LIVERPOOL    

boo hoo a man who covered up for a pedophile is dead but wow what a football mind give me a f@*kin break.

944 days ago
127.

Truth    

OF COURSE he will be remembered fondly. 30% of you are stupid.

944 days ago
128.

Jim in Cali    

Joe Pa will be remembered fondly as time moves on. Especially when Sandusky is finally put in jail for the crimes he committed.

R.I.P. Joe

944 days ago
129.

RobLo    

If anyone is offended by my Joe Paterno jokes.... Just turn your head and act like nothing is happening :)

944 days ago
130.

RobLo    

sad day for Penn State... Jerry Sandusky is still alive

944 days ago
131.

angie    

its alwyas sadwhen someone dies,but if this guy knew about the rapes of all those boys,he should burn hell for not telling anyone

944 days ago
132.

Eric Anderson    

Remember the film Revenge of Nerds?
The college take over never looked so good!
Atoms College and the blonde gets her goose.
What a gag.
As Telly Sevallis would say "Who loves you baby!"

944 days ago
133.

alex    

add mr paterno to the list of sandusky's victims. paedophile sandusky killed mr paterno as clearly as if he's put a gun to his head.

944 days ago
134.

Malin    

'Paterno will remembered?'.. Jesus, PLEASE hire writers who know basic grammar. This is the second article I've seen butchered on this site in just a few hours. Unprofessional!

944 days ago
135.

samanthagalanos    

GIMMI A BREAK!!!!! Why would ANYONE be sad over this guys death??!!

944 days ago
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