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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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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Unbelievably poor attitudes on this blog tonight, Joe Paterno IS NOT THE CRIMINAL and it is still innocent until proven guilty.  After reading some  of this nonsense tonight I have to wonder if the increase in the bullying and BS isnt partially due to the ability for small minded people to have internet access.  God Bless you Joe and your family, not only for the issue at hand but having to put up with this crap day in and day out.  If you all are so worried about our children, maybe you should consider your actions and words left hanging in cyber space.




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

I find it sickening that there are people on here posting the trash they are posting. Man is on his death bed and your here talkin chit, must make you feel like a real big person talking chit about someone thats dieing. Get a real life, you are the real losers in life and will pay the piper his dues when your time comes.



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

SHAME SHAME  CBS.  In your rush to be the first to report something you have erred severly.  I'm sure we will get some lame excuse stating 'thats the age of internet' get your story correct. 




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

SR1R, Joe Paterno didn't rape anybody.  Stop pushing the actions of a child molester onto somebody else.  EVeryone is accountable for their own actions and you saying that about Joe just takes away the blame from Sandusky.  You are a pathetic human being wishing that a dying man has fear before death.  You are the type of trash the worlds needs less of.


SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:39 pm
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Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

patriot fan yes anything involving texas NO ;work with guys from texas and none of em have anything but a large head full of nothing but air!



Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Your such a dope



Jeff Smoker
Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:38 pm
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Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

from SR1R's member page ----->  Member Since: January 21, 2012 - Seriously Tool you created an account today just to bad mouth a man (who did nothing wrong) on his deathbed -  a little more everday we become a society laden with D-bags.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

That is just ignorant.


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