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Joe Paterno dead at 85

Published: Sun, January 22, 2012 @ 10:24 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal has died. He was 85.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death.

Paterno's son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of "JoePa" included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

Critics said Paterno should have done more to stop it. He was fired Nov. 9.

In all, Paterno guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons.


1sanpac2003(14 comments)posted 4 years ago

Terrible loss in history. God bless the family.

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2Attis(1050 comments)posted 4 years ago

The clinical cause of death may have been lung cancer, but the spiritual one was a broken heart. Sandusky should now be charged with involuntary manslaughter, if not homicide, along with mass child rape.

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3redeye1(5410 comments)posted 4 years ago

Rest in Peace Joe Pa You will be missed, Thank you for all you have done to make the world better.place.

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4Silence_Dogood(1603 comments)posted 4 years ago

A VERY sad ending to one of the best life stories that I have ever had the pleasure to witness. With all of the glory that was thrown this man's way, he always led a simple life.May God bless you, and the road rise to meet you, Papa Joe.

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5mrhappy(23 comments)posted 4 years ago

we may not know what his role in the rape of those children was but god does. he will be judged now without lawyers and subterfuge to hide behind.

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years ago

Papa Joe did bad and will ever be remembered for not speaking out more forcefully when he knew Sandusky was sexually damaging the kids lives. You got to wonder how many more skeletons are in his closet.

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