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'Joe Wanted ... to Say Goodbye'

Gene J. Puskar/AP

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno appeared near death Saturday night as friends and family were summoned to his hospital bedside for a final goodbye, a source close to the Paterno family told The Citizens’ Voice.

Paterno’s wife, Sue, called close friends and longtime staff members Saturday afternoon to the State College hospital where the 85-year-old Paterno has been undergoing treatment since Jan. 13 for complications from his battle with lung cancer.

“Joe wanted to see you to say goodbye,” Sue told one of the close friends, according to the source.

Those close friends included a longtime Paterno confidante who arrived to the Mount Nittany Medical Center in tears, the source said.

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