Throngs of Penn State students gathered in front of a statue of Joe Paterno early Sunday, braving freezing temperatures to pay tribute to the ailing legendary ex-coach.
Some shoveled snow so others could walk up and touch Paterno's outstretched hand on the statue.
Paterno, 85, was in serious condition at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania, after suffering from lung cancer and a broken pelvis.
"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications. His doctors have now characterized his status as serious," family spokesman Dan McGinn said Saturday. "His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."
Relatives said Paterno, 85, was able to communicate Saturday night.
Jay Paterno tweeted that he drove by the statue late Saturday night. "Just told my Dad about all the love & support - inspiring him," he wrote.
His brother, Scott, sent tweets saying a report their father had died were "wrong." The family was upset about the misinformation, a source close to them said.
Several websites that reported Saturday night that Paterno had died later apologized for the error, including the site that was the first.
"To the Penn State community and to the Paterno family most of all, I could not be more sorry for the emotional anguish I am sure we caused," wrote Devon Edwards, the managing editor of the Penn State student news website Onward State. "There are no excuses for what we did. We all make mistakes, but it's impossible to brush off one of this magnitude."
The site had initially attributed the information to multiple unnamed sources. Late Saturday night, it said "it was still trying to figure out where our process failed."
Edwards said he was stepping down over the error.FULL STORY