Breaking: Joe Paterno Near Death

UPDATE II: After jumping the gun last night, it is now being widely reported that Joe Paterno has passed away at the age of 85.

UPDATE: Both sources below are now reporting that Paterno’s family is refuting his death. Drudge has changed his headline as well.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS Cleveland/AP) —A Paterno family spokesman says the former Penn State football coach has not passed away despite multiple reports indicating that Joe Paterno died from lung cancer Saturday night.This is breaking news, just minutes ago. Joe Paterno, the recently ousted coach at Penn State has died at the age of 85 due to complications from chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer.

From CBS Sports:

Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just “JoePa”, has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach’s life on Saturday.

Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 seasons before being fired in November as his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came under greater scrutiny. Combined with the time he spent as an assistant, Paterno spent a total of 61 years on the Penn State sidelines. He left behind a legacy that, on the field of play, was unparalleled in Division I football. Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record, and he won two national championships while going undefeated in five different seasons.

A sad ending to a storied career in college football.

Updates to follow….

Kevin explains here, but all in all, not a good night for CBS who reported Paterno’s death based on a tweet.

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  • KenWD

    May God rest his soul.  It was a sad ending.  

  • Jay Paterno tweeted that he is in serious condition but continuing to fight and asks for privacy at this time.

  • jim_m

    Family claims he’s not dead yet.

    Chemo is no walk in the park, but this would be a shocker if he passed so suddenly.

  • TWB

    Hopefully whomever went forward with the reports of his death won’t have the opportunity to do so again.

    • jim_m

      It’s the multiple layers of editors that allows us to rest secure in the knowledge that everything the MSM reports is 100% absolutely true.


  • GarandFan

    “Professional reporting” with multiple layers of fact checking.


  • DocEpador

    Hmmm, chemo at age 85 for lung cancer.  Most chemo for inoperable lung cancer extends life by 1-3 months, maximum survival if you are in the lucky 20% of major responders average less than a year.  “Complications” are more common the older you are.  Hmmm.

    • jim_m

      I’ve only ever known one person to make it past 6 months with lung ca and he made it 18 months.

      • DocEpador

        I’ve cared for hundreds if not thousands.  There are always a few lucky outliers.  Everyone wants to be one of those.  Few succeed.

        Aggressive treatment of elderly patients leads to many more premature deaths than prolonged ones.

        He did die, today.  Here’s the family statement: