While covering the World Cup in Qatar, American sports writer Grant Wahl inexplicably passed away.
Wahl passed out while reporting on Argentina vs. the Netherlands.
Wahl was given CPR by the paramedics who came on the scene right away, but he was declared dead while he was being taken away in an ambulance.
Absolutely bone chilling stuff— JACK SETTLEMAN (@jacksettleman) December 10, 2022
Soccer journalist Grant Wahl who was kicked out of a stadium in QATAR for this shirt has reportedly collapsed and passed away during the Argentina game today
His brother says on Instagram that Grant was fully healthy & believes there’s foul play pic.twitter.com/t47C2XfuVl
Wahl was only 48 years old, and according to his brother, foul play may have been involved.
Prior to this, Wahl gained notoriety when he was turned away from the World Cup while wearing a rainbow shirt.
“I am gay. I am the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup, my brother was healthy. He told me he received death threats. I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed, and I’m just begging for any help,” Wahl’s sibling said.
One of the most well-known soccer writers in the country, Grant Wahl, passed away early on Saturday while covering Argentina vs. Netherlands’ World Cup match in Qatar. He was 48.
Wahl reportedly slumped back in his seat in the press box at Lusail Iconic Stadium during extra time, and the US journalists seated next to him reportedly called for help. The reporters said that emergency personnel arrived extremely fast, and they later learned that Wahl had passed away.
NEW: World Cup Daily, Day 25. They just don't care. Qatari World Cup organizers don't even hide their apathy over migrant worker deaths, including the most recent one.https://t.co/WEKoMdSm3J— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) December 8, 2022
Apparently Grant Wahl died of ‘bronchitis’. I suspect he ‘Died Suddenly’. I think he got the ‘worse’. pic.twitter.com/xSaWPVyA7s— Liz Churchill ™ 🇨🇦 (@liz_churchill7) December 10, 2022
The World Cup organizing committee said in a statement that he got rapid emergency medical care on the scene, which continued when he was transported by ambulance to Hamad General Hospital. The statement did not specify a cause of death.
This was Wahl’s eighth World Cup to cover. He announced his visit to a hospital in Qatar on his website on Monday.