Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is near death, a source close to the Paterno family told The Citizens’ Voice.
On Saturday afternoon, Paterno’s wife, Sue, called close friends of the former coach to the State College hospital where Paterno has been undergoing treatment since Jan. 13 for complications from his fight against cancer.
Paterno, 85, wanted to say a final goodbye, Sue said, according to the source.
Those close friends included his longtime secretary. Members of Paterno’s extended family were also summoned to the hospital.
His son, former assistant coach Jay Paterno, cancelled an appearance in Reading, Pa., telling organizers 15 minutes before the scheduled start that he would not be able to make it because “his wife” was sick.