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Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:10 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 7:32 pm
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with the powerhouse Penn State football program, is reportedly in declining health. Onward State, the student-run Penn State website, reported on Saturday that Paterno had been taken off his respirator that morning, according to a source close to the family. Further, a report by Tom McAndrew of Blue White Illustrated indicates that Paterno's extended family has been summoned to the hospital.

If those reports are true, Paterno likely has, at best, a matter of days to live. It may be even shorter than that, as Mike Sisak of the Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre is reporting that Paterno is "near death."

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," said Paterno family spokesman Dan McGinn. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious. His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

It was only a week ago that Paterno gave his first interview since his November firing at the height of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In it, interviewer Sally Jenkins noted that Paterno was wheelchair-bound, wearing a wig, and reduced to whispers due to his battle with lung cancer. Further, Paterno is 85, and most people that age aren't able to begin and win a fight with a disease like lung cancer. Still, Jenkins also noted that Paterno remained sharp, and his familiar tone and personality are evident in the interview snippets that were posted online.

CBSSports.com will provide more details as they become available, as this is a developing situation.
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philsfan1
Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:29 pm
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

THANK YOU - FOR POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS!!!!!!!  HE WAS THROWN UNDER A MOVING BUS .  ANYONE THAT HAS BAD THINGS TO SAY-  KARMA IS A BITCH



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Yeah and Fine was too untill most of his accusers all recanted huh. Untill there is an actual conviction of Sandusky none of you know squat. 



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

you had him dead 20 minutes ago... check your sources before you post .. what a joke
 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Joe Paterno is a zombie.

He was dead and now he's not.  This is the only logical explanation.




Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

jay paterno just tweeted Joe is comtinuing to fight! another great job by CBS!



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:27 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Good.


SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:27 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:26 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

mmac, he did not work at a high school or elementary school, this is a college. A report of such would have to be reported by the witness. If you go by the information McQuerry says he gave Paterno a day after it happened, then paterno completely did the correct thing. Heck its not just me saying it, its the DA that would have had to hear it that says the same thing, second hand knowledge is no good, they could not even get a search warrant based on that information, much less start an investigation into it all untill the real witness was willing to talk.


joepedofile
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:25 pm
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