Joe Paterno Experiencing Health Complications, In Critical Condition

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.


SI.com's coverage of Paterno's declining health


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.

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.

We'll be back with more on Paterno as it becomes available in this StoryStream. For more on Penn State, head over to Black Shoe Diaries.

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