Grant Wahl, soccer journalist, dies in Qatar overlaying World Cup

Soccer analyst Grant Wahl died in Qatar whereas overlaying a World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday, simply days after his forty eighth birthday.

Wahl’s spouse, Dr. Celine Gounder, confirmed his dying Friday evening time on Twitter, writing she was in “full shock.” Gounder additionally expressed gratitude for assist from the “soccer household & of so many pals who’ve reached out tonight.”

Wahl, a sports activities journalist for CBS sports activities and author of the GrantWahl Substack column, had coated seven males’s World Cup tournaments.

He was seated inside the media tribute at Lusail Iconic Stadium for the Argentina-Netherlands match, when he fell ailing all through further time, the associated Press reported. Wahl might not be revived.

Grant Wahl speaks on a panel discussion at the 2014 Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival New York, presented by Budweiser, on April 8, 2014 in New York City.

although an official rationalization for dying has not been shared, Wahl wrote he had been affected by a “extreme” sickness that required him to go to a medical clinic in Qatar. 

“My physique lastly broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, extreme stress and a lot of labor can try this to you,” Wahl wrote Monday on his World Cup every day publication. “What had been a chilly over the previous 10 days grew to become one factor extra extreme on the evening time of the USA-Netherlands recreation, and that i might really feel my greater chest sort out a mannequin new diploma of stress and discomfort. I didn’t have Covid (I take a look at typically right here), however I went into the medical clinic on the precept media coronary heart immediately, and additionally they mentioned I in all probability have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and a few heavy-obligation cough syrup, and that i’m already feeling a bit greater solely simply a few hours later. however nonetheless: No bueno.”


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