After a day of false rumors and corrections, ABC News is reporting that ex-Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, known by fans as "JoePa," has died after a battle with lung cancer at the age of 85. The news comes just months after the child-abuse scandal that cost Paterno his job at Penn State.

"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," Paterno's family said in a statement.

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