UPDATED: Joe Paterno Lung Cancer: Paterno in Serious Condition

UPDATE: Joe Paterno, football coach at Penn State died this morning. Known as ‘JoePa,’ his family said this morning he did not want any measures taken to prolong his life if there would be no quality of life.

Joe Paterno, the “winningest major college football coach of all time, is experiencing complications from lung cancer and cancer treatments. His physicians say he is in serious condition. Paterno served as head coach at Penn State for 45 years, before retiring in 2011 under pressure from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

 

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Twitter rumors were wild today that the much loved, 85-year-old coach had died, but his sons refuted the stories and asked for continued prayers.

The 85-year-old Paterno has been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for observation for what his family had called minor complications from his cancer treatments. Not long before that, he conducted his only interview since losing his job, with The Washington Post. Paterno was described as frail then and wearing a wig. The second half of the two-day interview was conducted by his bedside…

Roughly 200 students and townspeople gathered Saturday night at a statue of Paterno just outside a gate at Beaver Stadium. Some brought candles, while others held up their smart phones to take photos of the scene. The mood was somber, with no chanting or shouting. Source.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook