Reports of Joe Paterno's passing were premature, according to multiple members of the former Penn State coach's family, as well as the family's spokesman. A report from Onward State on Saturday indicated players were informed of Paterno's passing in an email, and those reports circulated throughout the media shortly thereafter.
However, both Scott and Jay Paterno are denying the reports, maintaining their father is still alive and fighting.
I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) January 22, 2012
CBS report is wrong - Dad is alive but in serious condition.We continue to ask for your prayers and privacy during this time.— Scott Paterno (@ScottPaterno) January 22, 2012
Additionally, Onward State, which was cited numerous places including here, has apparently backed away from its initial report.
To OS followers: Our 8:45 pm tweet about Joe Paterno's death appears to be inaccurate, according to @JayPaterno, who says he's alive. (1/2)— Onward State (@OnwardState) January 22, 2012
We were confident when we ran with it, and are still trying to figure out where our process failed. We apologize sincerely for error. (2/2)— Onward State (@OnwardState) January 22, 2012
Sara Ganim, citing a source close to the Paterno family, reports Paterno is still very sick, but is able to communicate at this time. We'll be back with more as it becomes available.