Breaking: Joe Paterno Near Death

UPDATE II: After jumping the gun last night, it is now being widely reported that Joe Paterno has passed away at the age of 85.

UPDATE: Both sources below are now reporting that Paterno’s family is refuting his death. Drudge has changed his headline as well.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS Cleveland/AP) —A Paterno family spokesman says the former Penn State football coach has not passed away despite multiple reports indicating that Joe Paterno died from lung cancer Saturday night.This is breaking news, just minutes ago. Joe Paterno, the recently ousted coach at Penn State has died at the age of 85 due to complications from chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer.

From CBS Sports:

Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just “JoePa”, has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach’s life on Saturday.

Paterno was the head coach of Penn State for 46 seasons before being fired in November as his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came under greater scrutiny. Combined with the time he spent as an assistant, Paterno spent a total of 61 years on the Penn State sidelines. He left behind a legacy that, on the field of play, was unparalleled in Division I football. Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record, and he won two national championships while going undefeated in five different seasons.

A sad ending to a storied career in college football.

Updates to follow….

Kevin explains here, but all in all, not a good night for CBS who reported Paterno’s death based on a tweet.

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