*Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died after a long fight with lung cancer, according to the Washington Post .

Paterno, who is college football’s all-time winningest coach, saw his reputation take a major hit after a child sex abuse scandal rocked the university last year.

Many believe that Paterno kept his mouth zipped about the abuse that his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was committing against young boys for over a decade.

Paterno’s family released a statement to the media after his death.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today,” the family said in a statement. “His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled.

“He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been. His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.”

Read more at the Washington Post