Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno died of lung cancer Sunday morning surrounded by his family. Paterno was diagnosed with what his family called a treatable form of the disease shortly after he was fired.

According to CNN.com, the family statement said "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."

Students and members of the community gathered around Paterno's statue yesterday to pay their respects after hearing the news. Joe Paterno was a legendary football coach who will be missed by many.