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Brown University, Associated Press
This circa 1949 publicity photo released Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 by Brown University shows the late Joe Paterno, as co-captain of the Brown football team in Providence, R.I. Paterno, the former Penn State head football coach, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. He was 85.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno's son says that as recently as last Wednesday his father was anxious to leave the hospital and start planning a vacation with his wife, Sue.

Scott Paterno said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that his father remained upbeat to the end, but by Friday afternoon his health had worsened.

The family announced Saturday that the former Penn State football coach was in serious condition. Paterno died Sunday morning.

Scott Paterno says that despite getting fired in November, his father still loved the school and his lasting message would be, "Let's build this thing up."

He said his Dad was confident until the end and did not die broken-hearted.

President Barack Obama spoke with the Paterno family on Monday and said he would keep them in his prayers.