Media Falsely Claim Joe Paterno Dies

On Saturday night EST, CBS Sports reported that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died at age 85. The news was picked up by other news outlets only to be quickly retracted after both of Paterno's sons and a spokesman denied reports he was dead.


  1. What Happened

  2. The original CBS Sports tweet and story.
  3. Other news outlets picked up the news. 
  4. Doubts began to arise after Paterno's sons tweeted he was still alive. A spokesman later confirmed Paterno hadn't died. 
  5. How Did This Happen?

  6. CBS may have based its tweet on one by @OnwardState and did not confirm the news. The original tweet from @OnwardState has been deleted but screenshots captured it.
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