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Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies At 85

Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday, after losing his battle with lung cancer, reports the Associated Press. Paterno was 85.

The former coach, who won more games than anyone in major college football, was fired in November 2011, amid a child sex abuse scandal.

His family released a statement Sunday morning to announce his death:

"His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."

"He died as he lived," the statement said. "He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community."

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