Legendary Coach Joe Paterno Has Died at Age 85
Joe Paterno, whose tenure as the most successful coach in major college football history ended abruptly in November amid allegations about his failure to respond to a sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant, died Sunday, he was 85.
The longtime Penn State head coach was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after the university’s Board of Trustees voted to fire him.
He had been hospitalized in December after breaking his pelvis and again in January for what his son called minor complications from his cancer treatments.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today,” the family statement said. “His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled.”