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ESPN is reporting coaching legend Joe Paterno has died at 85.
The Paterno family released a statement 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. He died as he lived. 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.
You don’t need to be a Penn State fan to appreciate what a great man Joe Paterno was. He lived and breathed that University in every sense of the words, and will truly be missed by many. Yes, he made a big mistake. But you can’t take away all the good he did for that community.
I don’t say this in poor taste; it seems like the sex scandal literally killed that man, and it pains me to see him go out that way.
RIP Joe Pa.