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OBIT Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dead at 85 Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo

Joe Paterno Dies at 85

Legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno died Sunday at the age of 85 after a battle with lung cancer. His family released a statement Sunday morning: “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." The longtime Nittany Lions football coach spoke to a reporter for the first time this month since news of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal rocked Penn State. He was told he had lung cancer just days after he was let go by the university’s board of trustees in November.

January 22, 2012 10:38 AM