The family of Joe Paterno confirms that the winningest coach in major college football has died after a battle with lung cancer.

FOX News Radio's Don Mathisen takes a look back at Paterno's life:

Joe Paterno had a legendary career at Penn State.  He started as a Nittany Lions assistant coach in 1950, and he moved up to head coach in 1966.  During his 46 years at the helm, he had a record 409 victories by an NCAA Division One football coach.

He was fired in November 2011 after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested for alleged child sexual abuse.  He spoke to fans shortly after his dismissal.

"We're always gonna be Penn State, regardless of what happens to certain people."

The 85 year-old Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer last November.

Don Mathisen, FOX News Radio.

When Penn State students and fans found out Paterno was near death, they gathered at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night for a vigil.

Listen HERE to singing from that vigil:

Bob Hauer from FOX News Radio affiliate WHP in Harrisburg, PA has more: 

WATCH to learn more about the legacy of Joe Paterno:

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