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Joe Paterno's Status 'Serious,' According To Spokesman

Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press reports the following statement on former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's health from Paterno family spokesperson, Dan McGinn.

"Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications," spokesman Dan McGinn said in a brief statement Saturday to The Associated Press. "His doctors have now characterized his status as serious.

"His family will have no comment on the situation and asks that their privacy be respected during this difficult time," he said.

Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Musselman tweets that a source has confirmed to that newspaper that Paterno is "gravely ill." However, WPXI's Rich Walsh tweets that a source tell him that Paterno "is NOT near death but just very sick."

Of course, for an 85-year old man dealing with incurable cancer, a broken pelvis and the stress of being fired from his job in the wake of an explosive scandal, one would have to think the line between "very sick" and "near death" is pretty fine.

For the latest on Joe Paterno's condition, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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