Joe Paterno Reportedly Near Death
“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. “His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.
“His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time,” McGinn said.
Michael Sisak of The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. reported Saturday evening that family members were summoned to the hospital by Sue Paterno. JoePa apparently wanted to see everyone to say goodbye. Sisak also said Paterno was near death.
Paterno was fired as head football coach at Penn State in November and a lung cancer diagnosis was revealed shortly thereafter. The 85-year-old was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Sports by Brooks reported in December that Paterno’s health was “in rapid decline,” and it looks like that report was accurate.