Joe Paterno dies at 85

By Andrew Jones
Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:47 EDT
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Former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno. Image via AFP.
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Former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno passed away Sunday morning at the age of 85 after complications from lung-cancer treatment.

Paterno, who was the winningest coach in college football history, was fired by the school’s Board of Trustees in November after the fallout surrounding the child sex-abuse scandal with former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Paterno’s family released a statement right after his passing.

“He died as he lived,” the statement said. “He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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