Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s Health Is Rapidly Declining

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All over the world, Penn Staters are on stand-by.

Since being admitted to the hospital on January 13 for complications relating to his lung cancer treatments, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's health had been downgraded to "serious condition."

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," family spokesman Dan McGinn told The Associated Press on Saturday. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious."

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Providing up-to-the-minute updates, Michael Sisak, a staff writer for the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. news outlet the Citizens' Voice, began sending out a timeline of tweets documenting "Joe Pa's" declining health and posting the updates in an ongoing post.

"Source confirms to CV that Paterno gravely ill. Sue Paterno telephoned member of staff, summoned person to hospital to say goodbye to Joe," Sisak tweeted Saturday evening. "BREAKING: Penn State coach Joe Paterno near death, family summoning close friends to hospital for final goodbyes," he added.

The 85-year-old icon was diagnosed with lung cancer in November. It was within the same month that the famed Big Ten football coach made headlines, not for his game-winning team and tactics, but for the scandal surrounding his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's 40 counts of child sex abuse. It was also within the same month that Paterno was forced to end his 46 year-long career with the central Pennsylvania university.

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