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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.
Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

Thank you Joe for everything! May God bless you and your family. Would love to kill the press, but now not the time. Truly hope they remain Beaver Stadium, Paterno Stadium and soon.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

"Boo Hoo Hoo   That's Karma JoPa"


Really??????
4.3 forty will have his own karma down the line.
wow.
 



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

What an idiot you are!



Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

You're an ignorant prick.  Joe Pa did so much to enrich the lives of students on that campus.  Half the campus is there because of him!!!  He wasn't involved with this whole scandal, just the one who took the fall for it. 



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:24 pm
 

JoePa is a good man & PSU's sacraficial lamb




Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

horrible way for anyone to have to go... sad day for family...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

Karma?  Mocking someone's death should set you up for some down the line....stay classy.

RIP Joe PA. 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:20 pm
 

I'm sure all the haters will be glad

It's a shame to see him go out this way.  Condolences to his family.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

Boo Hoo Hoo   That's Karma JoPa



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Report: Joe Paterno gravely ill, off respirator

Good bye Joe Pa, it was a hell of a ride, God Bless.


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