False reports of Joe Pa’s passing went out before death

Shaina James

False reports of legendary football coach Joe Paterno’s death were spread through out the media 12 hours before he was officially announced dead.

Major news broadcasters such as CBS Sports and the Huffington Post first started the false reports Saturday morning about the death of former Penn State coach.

After these rumors were spread through out Facebook and Twitter many news organizations publicly apologized.

Within an hour, the spokesman for Paterno’s family and his two sons denied the reports.

His family announced in a statement Sunday morning that Paterno died of lung cancer at the age of 85.