Following erroneous reports of his death last evening, former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, nicknamed “Joe Pa,” passed away earlier this morning. Paterno, 85, was battling lung cancer.
His death comes just months after his firing from Penn State in the wake of a sex scandal.
Penn State University released the following statement Sunday morning regarding Paterno’s death:
“We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always.
“The university plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened.”