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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: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Jtexas I ask you again if you were required to take the mandated seminar on child abuse as required by the state of pa? Please tell me when you completed it. I completed the seminar as was part of my job requirement in October of 1998. What I am spouting is the truth as the state traing indicated in 98. I also said joepa did what he was required to do at a minimum but could've done more. Any man in his position with his reputation and influence should not only have done more but followed up on any information regarding his staff wether it was present or past. I am sure joepa did many great things as his altruism is well documented it is pretty one sided to think he really did the right thing here. Once again I ask younformthe date you completed your training in PA. joepa had to live with this for the finality of his life. Only he knows what really transpired and will never get a chance to make amends. With that said I do not agree that he deservd cancer or the malicious content of many posters here. It is very difficult to see past the fact he knew children were being molested and passed the buck because that was the bare minimum of the law. Some may call that cowardice or self preservation.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:06 pm
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Leo Manigault
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:23 am
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Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Please....don't feed the trolls.....


Jeff Smoker
Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:14 pm
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Jeff Smoker
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:45 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

Jeff Smoker your not informing anyone of anything, your being a troll. A piece of trash that should be taken out as the trash you are.  Your the kind of person people would off without even thinking twice about it, just trash that gets what they deserve.


Jeff Smoker
Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:42 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Reports: Joe Paterno 'near death,' off respirator

I love how a moron from Arizona St, the most corrupt football program in NCAA history has the gall and audacity to throw any stones.


Jeff Smoker
Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:35 pm
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