Soccer reporter Grant Wahl reportedly dies in Qatar

Longtime soccer reporter Grant Wahl reporting from a USMNT match in 2014.

Longtime soccer reporter Grant Wahl reporting from a USMNT match in 2014.
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America’s most distinguished soccer reporter, Grant Wahl, has handed away whereas overlaying the World Cup in Doha, Qatar, in line with his brother, Eric.

Eric Wahl introduced his brother’s loss of life on Instagram Friday night:

Eric offered few particulars in his video, however mentioned of his brother within the feedback, “He collapsed on the stadium, was giving CPR, was taken by Uber to the hospital and died in line with Celine. We simply spoke to the State Division and Celine has spoken with Ron Klain and the White Home.”

Grant Wahl’s spouse, Celine Gounder, is a well known physician and medical journalist who served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. She posted on Twitter Friday evening:

Late final month, Wahl was briefly detained by Qatari officers whereas overlaying the World Cup as a result of he wore a shirt supporting same-sex relationships:

Qatar’s response to Wahl’s progressive views induced some to name for a right away investigation into his loss of life. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a info on the reason for Wahl’s passing past what has been shared by his household.

Wahl’s final tweet got here throughout the Argentina — Netherlands match Friday afternoon:

Grant Wahl was 48.

[Update]: Simply this week, Wahl wrote in his publication that he had not been feeling effectively and visited a hospital whereas he was in Qatar:

“My physique lastly broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, excessive stress and many work can try this to you,” Wahl wrote. “What had been a chilly over the past 10 days was one thing extra extreme on the evening of the USA-Netherlands recreation, and I may really feel my higher chest tackle a brand new stage of strain and discomfort. I didn’t have Covid (I check repeatedly right here), however I went into the medical clinic on the most important media heart at this time, they usually mentioned I most likely have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and a few heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit higher just some hours later. However nonetheless: No bueno.”

This can be a creating story. We’ll replace with extra info as quickly because it turn into out there.