Joe Paterno’s family has confirmed the AP report that the legendary Penn State football coach has passed away today at the age of 85. They released the following statement.
"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."
"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. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."
Paterno is survived by his wife, two sons and of course the legacy he leaves behind at Penn State. He was the winningest coach in major college football history, has donated millions back to the University and is regarded as an icon to Penn State grads.
Last night, student gathered at the Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium to pay tribute to the coach.