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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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Jeff Smoker
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

I can't believe all the rude and ignorant things people post. Know the all the facts befor making your stupid comments.



Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

I guess Coach Paterno was correct....he had said that he "would die if he ever quit coaching football, just like Paul" (Caoch Paul Bryant). I find it sad that a man who did such great things in his life, and was revered as much as he was/is, had to go out like he did. Just a shame. Condolences to the PSU nation, and the Paterno family, from the land of the Crimson Tide.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

mmac .... duhhhhh CPS can not be called in until there is a police report unless it involves PARENTAL abuse. Maybe you should know a bit about the law before you post. Paterno is not an eye witness to anything and would be reporting heresay, and nothing can be domne about any heresay evidence involving any crime.  Now if it was a PARENT that was abusing thier child and heresay evidence was given then CPS could investigate, that is the only circumstance in which CPS could act without a police report from an eye witness.  



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:45 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

The Penn State Family and it's fans are on the verge of losing a great friend. My prayers go out to the Paterno family. It was a sad and terrible end of the road for a man who did stand for a high ideal despite what many people belive was a hypocrisy and conspiracy to protect a football program.


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