Joe Paterno Has Not Passed Away, Family Spokesman Says

A spokesman for the family of Joe Paterno is denying the former Penn State coach has passed away on Saturday afternoon. Following numerous reports indicating Paterno had passed away, the spokesman released a statement categorically denying the rumors.

The report comes from Mark Viera, who passes along the spokesman's quick statement.

Paterno was in serious condition on Saturday after his health began to decline rapidly. He's been hospitalized since Jan. 13 while dealing with complications from lung cancer. On Saturday morning, multiple reports indicated Paterno was taken off a respirator, with family and friends summoned to his bedside.

There were also reports that Penn State players were sent an email informing them of Paterno's passing. McGinn denied those as well.

For more on Paterno, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries. For more college football, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub.

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