Joe Paterno Has Died

Update: Sunday 9:25AM ESTJoe Paterno passed away this morning.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled,” the Paterno family said in a statement.

Update: Saturday 9:45PM EST Paterno’s condition upgraded to “Near Death” by family and spokesperson. Paterno’s son Jay tweeted that Joe continues to fight while news of his death spreads across the Internet.

Here’s a couple screenshots to prove we didn’t pull the premature reports of his death out of our asses: was last to edit their story to retract and continued sourcing CBS, although CBS had retracted and apologized for reporting Paterno had died. People stuck to their story and apparently updated only after Paterno actually died this morning. TMZ did not run any story about JoePa’s death until it was confirmed by the family.
Original Story:

Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno has passed away according to a CBS Sports report. Earlier in the day Paterno’s wife called family members to the hospital to say goodbye.

In the last few days, Paterno’s health declined severely due to complications from lung cancer treatments. He was reportedly taken off a respirator earlier today.

Paterno was famously fired by Penn State for not taking swift action when he was informed of alleged child sexual abuse on campus. Before he was fired, he coached his 409th career win, making him the winningest coach in major college football.

RIP, Joe Pa.
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