Joe Paterno 'Gravely Ill,' Police Reportedly Barricade Street Near His Home

A spokesman confirmed Joe Paterno is in serious condition on Saturday, but multiple reports are indicating the former Penn State head coach's heath is deteriorating rapidly as he battles lung cancer. Paterno's condition is being described as "gravely ill" by those close to him, and friends and family have reportedly been summoned to his bedside at a nearby hospital.

The latest report comes from Ron Musselman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to Musselman, Paterno's condition has worsened over the last week, and police are blocking off the road in front of the former Penn State coach's home.

The source said Mr. Paterno, 85, has "deteriorated" since being readmitted to Mount Nittany Medical Center Jan. 13 for treatment of lung cancer.

Police have put barricades up on McKee Street to block off the road where Mr. Paterno lives

As the Jerry Sandusky scandal unfolded a few months ago, Paterno's home became a gathering spot for students and fans, with many holding vigil on his lawn. With reports and rumors swirling about Paterno's declining health, it's of little surprise that police are taking precautionary measures by reportedly blocking vehicle traffic in front of his house.

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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