Paterno passes away at 85

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died due to lung cancer at the age of 85.

Paterno passed away at a State College hospital Sunday. His family released a statement.

“He died as he lived,” the statement said. “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.”

Paterno, who coached the Nittany Lions for 46 seasons, was fired in November following child sexual abuse charges towards former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Paterno admits to knowing about the claims but told reporters recently that he didn’t know how to handle it. Doctors diagnosed him with a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after his firing by school officials. He was in hospital receiving treatment since Jan. 13.

Paterno was the all-time winningest coach in NCAA FBS football with 409 career victories. He led Penn State to 37 bowl games and two national championships.

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2 responses to “Paterno passes away at 85”

  1. what the...? says:

    “Paterno… told reporters recently that he didn’t know how to handle” the claims? Where are you getting this information from? Can you provide a source for this blanket statement? Which reporter(s) did he tell?

  2. admin says:

    You could have easily discovered the source yourself with just a quick Google Search. The reporter was Sally Jenkins, of the Washington Post.

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