Paterno, 85, began hospital treatment for the disease on Jan. 13, after being diagnosed in November. Around 9 p.m. Jan. 21, erroneous reports circulated that Paterno had died, prompting one of the coach’s sons to Tweet, “Joe is continuing to fight.”
On campus, the dark stadium was playing football videos, seemingly in “JoePa”‘s honor, and people were flooding the area where his statue stands, despite freezing temperatures. Tears flowed.
“Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” spokesman Dan McGinn told the Associated Press on Saturday. “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 added.
• Reporting by RENNIE DYBALL