Joe Paterno Dies of Lung Cancer

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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno - the all-time Division I leader in wins who resigned amid the university's child molestation scandal just a few months ago - has passed away due to complications from lung cancer. He was 85.

On Saturday, as friends and family were being summoned to State College, Pa., hospital, a family spokesman said the coach had taken a turn for the worse.

Joe Paterno Photograph

Then, on Sunday morning around 10 a.m. EST, the family confirmed the legendary coach's passing via the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled. 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.

Known for his "success with honor" motto, thick glasses, rolled-up pants and black cleats, Paterno left an indelible mark on Penn State and college football in general.

He is survived by his wife Sue, five children and 17 grandchildren.

A Brooklyn native and Brown University graduate, Paterno began coaching the Nittany Lions in 1966 and his tenure stretched to October of this year.

In his 46 years as head coach, Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record and two national titles.

After a highly celebrated career and iconic status, Paterno's career as coach ended as a result of a scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulted young boys, including a 10-year-old. Paterno was fired over his handling (or lack of handling) of the scandal.

Announcing his retirement, he said, “This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

"I'm sick about it. I didn’t know exactly how to handle it, and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was."

"So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way."

In November, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and his health rapidly deteriorated.

Though the scandal sullied Paterno's image in his final days, the coach enjoyed decades of success and reverence on the campus he and his wife helped build.

That's not likely to change anytime soon. R.I.P.

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It's a shame all this had to happen. Paterno was a Legend. 40 years ago any University would have never played another Game until Sandusky was suspended after the 1st incident on School Property. Paterno didn't do it and shouldn't be nailed to the Cross. He said he wished he would have done more and he should have. If his Legacy meant something to him and the Schools reputation he should have called for a Closed Door meeting and turned in his resignation if Sandusky was not suspended. This University will be tainted for years all the while trying to protect the Reputation of the University over what one individual did. What a Price to pay.

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Joe Paterno Last Photo and Funeral Arrangement Details revealed here http://su.pr/2ccfj5

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This is directed to "ThefatherofJesus or God" - you are one f@cked up a-hole. As an FYI, the gay community does not support gay molestation by gay Sandusky, so please do not feel compelled to be the spokensperson for the gay community, you dick.

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we love ya Joe Pa and you are and will always be the best coach of all times. You didn't deserve this mess you were put into. You got made out to be a monster but your not, your era and how you came up as a man made you look that way. It doesn't take a dumbass to realise that when your brought up in a different fashion and that stuff happens, you don't say anything...or even know how to handle it. I say noone should judge Joe except for God. And i hope and pray for the best of things to happen for his family. Joe Pa Joe Pa Joe Pa!

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Rest in peace Joe Paterno..... Now on to your homophobic dumbass. You will rot in hell like Sandusky. PEDOPHILE, not gay. You're sterotyping...like all black men need belts, white women should know their place and all white men are WASP. Go to church and pray for your soul while you still can. STFU you ignorant douche.

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Gay molestation on little boys by gay men does more damage to the brain than straight molestation on little girls. Little straight boys and straight men are virgins to gay men. Straight little girls and straight women are virgins to lesbian women. Gay people will get better respect as humans if they support no gay sexual molestation on straight children. It never help the gay community when 1 of their gay people blatantly sexually abuse straight children like that. Shame on the gay community to support gay molestation by gay Sandusky.

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Once you tamper with gay sex, you are GAY. Once you enter the gay door, you will always be gay. Gay is Gay. There is no going back. Trang or God, the heterosexual soul of the father of Jesus living in the female Buddha Body.

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You're an idiot. Sandusky is a pedophile, which is way different than a gay man. I hate ignorant ass people like you that make general assumptions. Gay people fight everyday for equal rights and you fight to dress yourself. STFU!

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I agree with Tarnell. Until you are put in a situation, you don't know how you will react. Paterno did report the offense. The school dropped the ball, and his name is being dragged through the mud because of their incompetence.

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hey "God", this so-called "Gay man", Sandusky, is a married father, you stupid fuck. he is just like so many other "straight men" living in the closet. so the next time you are swigging bears talking smack at your local pub or football game, remember that your "straight beer buddy" probably has a male piece on the side. stop being so "high and mighty", you don't know shit!

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