Legendary coach and recently controversial figure, Joseph Vincent Paterno has passed on at 9:25 this morning. He was 85 years old.
"It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive... (He) thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been," according to a statement released this morning by the Paterno family.
The recent scandal at Penn State has been a tragedy for everyone in every direction. Very sad that JoePa's legacy and the chatter at this point will not be about the millions of peoples' lives he affected in a positive way.
We'll miss ya, Joe. Thanks for the memories.
Post Gazette article on Joe Paterno's death and life