Joe Paterno, the legendary former coach at Penn State University, is on his death bed ... this according to several reports. A spokesman for the family says doctors have characterized his status as serious. Onward State, a student-run newspaper on campus, reported Saturday he had been taken off his respirator. The Citizens Voice, a newspaper in nearby Wilkes-Barre, PA, reported Paternos wife Sue summoned close friends and longtime staff members to State College hospital. TMZ reached out to Paternos lawyer, who would only say rumors of JoePas death were not accurate. Paterno was the coach at Penn State for 46 years, until he was famously fired by the school last November following the sexual abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.