January 22nd, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Paterno's family: 'He fought hard until the end'

Read the full statement released by Joe Paterno's family:

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.

He has been many things in his life – a soldier, scholar, mentor, coach, friend and father.  To my mother he was and is her soul mate, and the last several weeks have shown the strength of their love.  To his children and grandchildren he is a shining example of how to live a good, decent and honest life, a standard to which we aspire.

When he decided to forego a career in law and make coaching his vocation, his father Angelo had but one command: make an impact.

As the last 61 years have shown, Joe made an incredible impact.  That impact has been felt and appreciated by our family in the form of thousands of letters and well wishes along with countless acts of kindness from people whose lives he touched.  It is evident also in the thousands of successful student athletes who have gone on to multiply that impact as they spread out across the country.

And so he leaves us with a peaceful mind, comforted by his “living legacy” of five kids, 17 grandchildren, and hundreds of young men whose lives he changed in more ways than can begin to be counted.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania or the Penn State-THON (The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon).

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  1. leeintulsa

    It does seem *MIGHTY* convenient to up and die after this all comes out..

    January 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      Oh, you're right. That silly old lung cancer has nothing to do wiith it. It is all a coverup. What a stupid comment.

      January 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @Theresa: It was just a joke.. never meant to be taken seriously..

      Is it a joking matter? I don't know. If it was my kid, probably not.. To me..

      One thing that sucks about fame? Everyone, whether they know you or not, knows you. It's hard to go anywhere without being recognized.. If some Paterno family member reads this, I mean you no offense. And I could have said worse.

      January 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    ...and of course during the CIA's investigation of church leaders, the names of individual church and family members will come out. Each one who knew that a statutory crime (statutory ra pe) had been comitted by a gay member of the church but for whatever excuse didn't alert the police, are guilty of all sorts of crimes themselves. From conspiring to cover-up a crime to tampering with evidence at the scene of a crime. And holy craep! These are your little boys going to your church. How could you even think about not calling the police?

    January 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazmone Davis

      Really dude, this family is in grievance and you are posting judgemental acts and rhetorics. Do you have a heart? I think not, this man is dead and you have know sympathy. That's just wrong and you need to re-consider your thoughts!

      January 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Theresa. Hogwash. Parerno already admitted that he should have simply called the police years ago. If he would have, Sandusky, a gay man accused of ra ping boys, would have been in prison already. Str8 men do not lust for males, young or old. Get a clue. If a man is charged with the statutory ra pe of boys, never girls, that man is gay. We couldn't even charge him with ra pe if he wasn't.

    January 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      Oh, bullsh!t, Philip.

      I see that logic, instead of emotion, is lost on you.

      Once again, wouldn't you rethink some of your decisions of the past? Ever hear of the phrase hindsight is 20/20? Are you really that blinded with hatred?

      And no matter what you would like the new law to say, only the definition of ra pe has changed. Not who does the raping. The sooner you can wrap your mind around that, the better for you. You need to get a clue on what drives you to ignore everything put in front of you that contradicts your logic. I get your emotion, I really do. But painting a false picture of this new definition for some warped validation and feel-good moment is not only harmful, but just plain silly.

      January 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @JD. I'm not friends with his family. If you want to crash their funeral, go ahead. Paterno knew that Sandusky was bi se xual and had an eye for boys. Paterno's excuse for not calling the police was that he "felt inadequate". And I understand why. What men like Sandusky do to other men and boys is disgusting. Paterno was so disgusted all he wanted to do was wash his hands of it and coach. And really, who is born with what it takes to deal with these men who claim they "were born that way". We are having to learn as a society how to deal with them and end this madness.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Theresa. Wrap your mind around this: If it ain't gay, it ain't boy raype. It's something else like child abuse or pedophilia.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      Wrap your mind around this, sir: what you have said here is not based in fact, but opinion. When confronted with mistakes, you go on the offensive...yet you feel you have the right to try a man in the court of public opinion? If you truly do not know the difference between being gay and being a pedophile, you need to stopand take a hard look at the misinformation and the hogwash your are spreading. Misinformation under the guise of knowledge is a tricky thing, sir. Those who would take it as truth are being done an injustice, just as you were when you were a child. Remember, those who do not give empathy deserve none in return...and those who actively hate will never be loved.

      January 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • morecowbell

      you two should just get a room.

      January 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Every crime has a motive. You all know what Sandusky's motive was just as surely as you knew the motive of openly gay priests caught raypeing boys. You are so very overly sympathetic to gays, you just can't quite see it for what it is.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Manny

    Y our thinking is twisted. Get some help, dude. Everything you have said is flawed by your experience. You can't see clearly anymore. Get some help soon your gonna implode.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    i agree with phillip on this one.paterno was wrong to just accept that nothing was done.if he was so worried about keeping his job he would realize he could have sued and won his job back and then some.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TK

    Guess we'll never know what he knew, so we'll just make up things. He can't fight back now, can he? Hey, whate'll, we can blame him for the unrest in the middle east, the jobless rate, and Hurricane Katrina, the tsunamis and earthquakes, Pluto being decalared a non-planet, and the high interest rates credit cards are charging. I know! Blame the illuminati. Anyone but Sandusky. Sure.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hamsta

    @theresa the admitted not doing enough-no misinformation there.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hamsta

    i think hes a voyueristic freak.

    January 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tully

    Somehow I just knew that when I viewed this blog there would be a person willing to display the lowest behavior they possibly could. And sure enough, here you are. Nice job Phillip. How does it feel to be lower than a snails belly. I'm sure nobody will say such things after you are gone, because when a nobody passes away, nobody notices. Only people who actually ARE somebody, attract the likes of you, who make themselves feel important, when they are nobody at all, like yourself. Sad, really. Lower than a snails belly. Rest in Peace JoePa. You are Loved and Respected by so, so many good people. You have given us so much, and were always so humble. We will never forget you, and that's forever. A Penn State Fan

    January 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      Well said on your comment! It's to bad that people in society forget what really matters in life. JoePa was and will always be a legend, loved and respected by many! Unfortunately, those who get caught up in the "drama" and cannot see past the "scandel" at Penn State, have no heart by anymeans!!

      January 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I don't know how thick you can lay it on.. His years as the coach and your admiration of him over it are worthy, don't get me wrong. And he didn't do it. I get all that. He reported it, you say? That's fine.

      Why is it just now coming up? If *I* was head coach, and someone came to me saying someone who worked for me was showering with and molesting little boys, I'd just pass it on? Otherwise, life as normal? I think not. I would have pursued it *IF ONLY* because some time in the future it could lead to making the whole program look bad. What the hero he would have been back then if *he* had caught this spider in his midst. Instead, he let it roll. Someone else's problem, he said.

      That's not forgivable. He was a great coach, say what you will. He dropped the ball on the humanity edge of it..

      January 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    WHatever one may think of him, his family is greiving.

    My sympathy to them.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    The truth will out.
    Whether one likes it or agrees with it , it will happen.
    I'm done with this thread.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JoePaguy

    What a disgusting display of ignorance and serial stupidity. Most of you on this pst have no clue or understanding of law or even facts. Really small thinking all around. Kudos for being a troglodyte.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
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