Diagnosed with what was described as a treatable form of lung cancer shortly after his firing Nov. 9, the reports since have indicated former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno had been making progress in his battle against the disease.
Sadly, reports coming out of State College Saturday paint a different and decidedly grim picture of the 85-year-old’s health.
BlueWhiteIllustrated, the Rivals.com website dedicated to cover Penn State sports, reports that Paterno is in bad shape and extended family has been called to State College due to his declining health. OnwardState.com tweeted earlier in the evening Paterno was taken off a respirator this morning.
According to a tweet from The Citizen’s Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Paterno is “gravely ill” and “near death“ also confirming BWI‘s report that family and close friends have been summoned to the hospital to say their final goodbyes. A subsequent report on the website, citing a staff member at the hospital in which the coach is being treated, states that Paterno’s wife Sue called in family and friends after her husband said he wanted to say a final goodbye.
Shortly after the initial rumors surfaced, a family spokesperson issued a statement that only confirmed Paterno is in serious condition.
“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to the Associated Press. “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.”
Paterno gave his first interview since his dismissal on Jan. 12-13, speaking to the Washington Post on the Jerry Sandusky scandal as well as touching briefly on his health. On the same day the interview was completed, Paterno was admitted to the hospital due to complications from his chemo treatment.
Obviously we’ll be following this story and updating as events warrant
People are jumping all over him to condemn him.. I think history should judge him on the whole body of his works and not an incident that happened very late in his life when his mind might have slipped a bit.
First thing that came to mind, Where the Red Fern Grows
MLB 2013: 3-6 -8.06 UnitsNPB 2013: 5-3 +3.35 Units
MLB 2011: 53-31-4 +30.38 Units MLB 2010: 12-12 +3.96 Units MLB 2009: 47-35 +15.27 Units
honestly is measured when...... no one else is looking.
also, about 2000 years ago someone said " take care of the lesser ones""
how does that that measure against 413 wins(or who the hell cares how many).....
if it was your kid or little brother ???
Died bout 5 min ago