The swirling rumors regarding Joe Paterno's health that began to emerge on Saturday are at least somewhat true, a family spokesman confirmed. Paterno is experiencing what the spokesman called "health complications," though no further details were given.
The report comes from ABC News, but stops short of addressing earlier rumors that Paterno was taken off a respirator.
ABC News: Spokesman says Joe Paterno is experiencing 'health complications', condition is 'serious'— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) January 21, 2012
Michael Sisak, a staff writer for the Citizen's Voice in Wilkes-Barre, adds that family and friends have been summoned to Paterno's bedside, as well. Sisak's report meshes with earlier reports indicating Paterno's family has been traveling to the hospital throughout the day on Saturday.
Source confirms to CV that Paterno gravely ill. Sue Paterno telephoned member of staff, summoned person to hospital to say goodbye to Joe.— Michael Sisak (@cvmikesisak) January 21, 2012
Paterno's doctors have also confirmed the former Penn State coach is in serious condition. Paterno has been battling lung cancer and undergoing difficult radiation treatments over the past few months, beginning after he was relieved of his duties as the Nittany Lions' head football coach.