Soccer journalist Grant Wahl's physique returned to U.S. after he died defending World Cup

The physique and possessions of soccer journalist Grant Wahl have been repatriated to the usa on Monday after his loss of life final week whereas defending the World Cup in Qatar, a senior State division official mentioned.

The official mentioned Wahl’s stays and his belongings arrived at ny’s John F. Kennedy Airport round eight:30 a.m. ET. They have been accompanied by a consular official from the U.S. Embassy in Doha who had had custody of Wahl’s stays since shortly after he collapsed all by means of Friday’s match between Argentina and the Netherlands and later died.

The official, who spoke on situation of anonymity on account of privateness considerations, had no extra particulars however mentioned the embassy in Qatar had been working with Wahl’s household to make sure the repatriation went easily.

Wahl, an American journalist who helped develop the recognition of soccer inside the usa and reported on a quantity of of the largest tales inside the sport, was forty nine.

Tributes to Wahl have poured in since his loss of life and on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken added his voice to the chorus of appreciation.

“I so appreciated Grant Wahl, whose writing captured not solely the essence of the engaging sport however additionally the world round it,” Blinken wrote on Twitter about an hour after the repatriation was full.

“I ship my deepest condolences to his household and thank our embassy staff and Qatari companions who labored collectively so effectively to fulfill their wants,” Blinken wrote.

Wahl, who had complained of respiratory factors earlier inside the week and had been dealt with for a potential case of bronchitis, fell again in his seat in a bit of Lusail Stadium reserved for journalists all by means of further time of the sport, and reporters adjoining to him recognized as for assist.

Emergency companies workers responded in a brief time, dealt with him for 20 or half-hour on website after which took him out on a stretcher. The World Cup organizing committee mentioned he was taken to Doha’s Hamad frequent Hospital, however it did not state a rationalization for loss of life.

Wahl wrote for sports activities Illustrated for better than 20 years after which started his personal internet website. He was a extreme voice informing an American public of soccer all by means of a time of elevated curiosity after the usa hosted the 1994 World Cup.

He additionally launched a important eye to the worldwide organizing our bodies of the sport.


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