Grant Wahl, a well-known American journalist, died unexpectedly on Friday evening in Qatar.
He was 58 years old.
Grant passed away while reporting on a game between Argentina and the Netherlands for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Wahl reportedly received heart massage in addition to leaving the stretcher stadium without resisting, per a story obtained by Mandy News.
As a result of his death, there has been an outpouring of sorrow and mourning in the sports community.
The senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a correspondent for Fox Sports, is survived by his wife, Celine Gounder.
Grant was totally healthy, according to his brother, who thinks there was foul play, who posted on Instagram.
Wahl was working on his eighth World Cup cover.
He posted on Monday, December 5, claiming he went to a hospital in Qatar for treatment since he wasn’t feeling well.
“My body broke. Three weeks of little sleep, a lot of stress and a lot of work can do this with you ”, wrote Wahl. “ What had been a cold in the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA x Holland game. I felt pressure and discomfort in my chest. I didn’t have Covid ( I do regular exams here ), but I went to the medical clinic at the main media center and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me antibiotics and a strong cough syrup, “he added.
At the World Cup’s opening ceremony, the journalist claimed that they would “soon” be arrested for wearing a rainbow-colored shirt in solidarity of the LGBTQ population in a nation where same-sex relationships are forbidden.
At the United States’ exhibition match versus Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Wahl said that security personnel requested him to remove his rainbow colored shirt before allowing him entry.
The writer’s passing was lamented by US Soccer (United States Football Federation).
“ The whole football family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl. Football and journalism fans of the highest quality knew that we could always tell with their insightful and fun stories about our game and its main protagonists: teams, players, coaches and the many personalities that make football different from any sport. Here in the United States, Grant’s passion for football and a commitment to raising his profile in our sports scene played an important role in helping to spark interest and respect for our beautiful sport. As important as Grant’s belief in the power of gambling to promote human rights was, and will continue to be, an inspiration to everyone. Grant made football his life’s work,and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing are no longer with us. US Soccer sends its most sincere condolences to all members of its family, friends and colleagues in the media, and we thank you for your tremendous dedication. Your writing will live ”.
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