01/24/2012 08:43 am ET

Joe Paterno Death Joins Trend Of Legends Dying Shortly After Retirement

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's death at 85 -- a mere two months after he was fired -- marks another example of a legendary figure passing shortly after leaving his job.

Paterno was officially fired on Nov. 9th for his role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal and died just a little over two months later on Jan. 22nd due to complications from lung cancer. The long-time Penn State coach initially offered to retire at the end of the season -- hoping to go out on his own terms -- before getting a call from a Board of Trustees member that his services were no longer needed.