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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: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Whatever major/minor errors Joe has made in life, he will be remembered even by opponents as an honorable, brilliant man.  Joe really wanted to leave PSU on his own terms.  That didn't happen.  No one leaves earth on their own terms.  I would love to see him rally. HIs final interview with Sally Jenkins seems like a courageous "setting the record straight" as best he could.  Good for you Coach.



SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:37 pm
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Good post, your an idiot



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

No comment on either side of the scandal... what a sad ending for everyone.  no winners here at all, just pretty empty.  It just wasn't supposed to end this way.

God bless Joe and his family.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:36 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

that person is as bad as ESPN


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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:36 pm
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SR1R
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:36 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Hubster..... actually SI and ESPN reported it 10 minutes before it was on CBS



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Thanks, Tc. we, the PSU Nittany Lions fans appreciate your classy post Smile



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

awww. someone doesnt like Joe Pa. keep your negative comments to yourself dildo.
You are a waste of space on this earth anyway. Your drug-addict parents must be proud. Loser


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