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Joe Paterno, 85, has passed away early Sunday.
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/22/12 6:34 am | updated: 01/22/12 6:35 am
 
After spending most of Saturday listed in serious condition and surrounded by family and friends, Joe Paterno died early Sunday at the hospital in State College.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death: "His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

"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. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

Paterno had been in the hospital since January 13th because of complications from chemotherapy and radiation treatments for lung cancer. He was diagnosed back in November 2011 just days after being fired from his position as Penn State's head football coach for how he handled reporting a 2002 incident involving sex abuse allegations against longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Joe Paterno coached for 46 seasons at Penn State and holds the NCAA record of 409 wins as head coach. He was national coach of the year five times, won two national titles, and fielded five unbeaten teams.

 
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