In a statement released to the media on Sunday, the Paterno family said, "It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled."
The turbulent final months of Paterno's life were a tragic end to an outstanding coaching career for many of his loyal fans, ABC News reported.
His personal life included service in the Army, an English degree from Brown University, a marriage that lasted more than half a century, five children and 17 grandchildren, the news network reported.
While at Penn State as head coach, Paterno led the Nittany Lions to seven undefeated seasons and two NCAA championships, had only five losing seasons and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
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