Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paterno Confirmed Dead On Sunday After False Reports Surfaced on Saturday Night

Legendary former Penn State coach Joe Paterno dies a day after false reports surfaced that he died.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 22, 2012

State College, Pennsylvania - On early Sunday, former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died at the age of 85, after being removed from a life support machine. The Paterno family released a statement on Sunday confirming his death after false reports had spread on Saturday night that he had expired. The family reported, that he was in critical condition at the time.
Paterno on Sunday subcummed to a lung cancer illness and died. A Paterno family released statement read, "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 anticipated news report of his death on Saturday night was first reported by Onward State, a student newspaper online. The report was than picked up by CBSSports dot com and went viral on the mainstream media.
The Onward State managing editor announced he would resign after the mishap and was surprised CBSSports grabbed the anticipated news of Paterno's death and did not attribute the report to Onward State, eventhough it broke the news without confirmation.
People began gathering outside Penn State on Sunday morning where a statue of former coach Paterno still stands, after it was confirmed that he had expired. Paterno, the legendary coach gained his 409th football career victory at Penn State two weeks before a sex abuse scandal broke at Penn State.
Last year, Paterno was removed as head coach of Penn State in the middle of the football season by the Penn State Board of Directors after a scandal broke about child sex abuses by former Pennsylvania State University football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno and Penn State University president Graham Spanier allegedly didn't report the child sex abuse by Sandusky to police. Spanier was forced to resign and Paterno was fired for not doing enough to report the child sex abuse in 2001.
Sandusky was charged with 42 counts of child molestation dating from 1994 to 2009 involving at least eight boys, according to court records.

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