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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
Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:45 pm
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Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

In an era where college coaches are always looking for the
greener grass job and constantly chasing the almighty dollar, Joe was a breath
of fresh air.  He was a humanitarian that
spent a life work to help young people succeed. 
His passion for winning was only matched by his desire to see his
players graduate.  He gave back to his
beloved community, and his humble makeup found the winningest coach in history
living in a $150k home.  He gave millions
to build a library at PSU and will always be known for his humanitarianism as
well as a great family man.  Nobody need
put Joe above any other man, but as a parent of two……thanks for the example
Joe.  You will always be not only Penn St
Football, but a legend of MEN.  Thanks
for the memories Joe, may you rest in peace.




Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:43 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Nevermind....RIP JOEPA, and may all the scum who say unimaginable things about a legend just reap what they sow, Amen. Nothing further.

Michigan fan, I forget your name....Thank you! 


Jeff Smoker
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:41 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

briggs .... I doubt you work anywhere, your IQ would prevent you from any job other than a floor sweeper.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:41 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Jttexas you are wrong because it is a state school. If it was a private university it wouldn't be as clear cut. Child protective services could've been called at te least but joepa did theo bare minimum. Once again check your facts. I taught at a community college in pa for several years and we had to take mandatory state run seminar on this issue and what our responsibilities were. Did joe follow protocol yes. But could he have done more if he choose yes. He even admitted to that. Still he did some greats things for many people but this will forever tarnishe his legacy and hurt penn st football for years to come as witnessed by he incoming topm100 recruits. Legally responsibility and morality doesn't always coincide.


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Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

joepedofile,

you are a classless person on the face of this earth who cannot spell pedophile should not talk because JoePa DID NOT molest that kid.


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