American football journalist Grant Wahl died during the World Cup in Qatar. He collapsed during a match between Argentina and the Netherlands. A moment earlier, he commented on his progress on Twitter. Wahl made headlines when he was detained by stadium security in Qatar for wearing a rainbow jersey to a US-Wales game.
The journalist’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease epidemiologist who worked in US President Joe Biden’s coronavirus working group, confirmed her husband’s death in a statement posted on Twitter. “I am so grateful for the support from my husband Grant Wahl’s football family and so many friends who have reached out tonight. I am in complete shock,” she wrote.
He was commentating on a match in Qatar, he collapsed, he’s dead
Grant Wahl was in the press box when he collapsed during overtime. Other journalists called for medical help.
Even during the match, Wahl commented on his progress on Twitter. “An amazingly designed goal for the Netherlands from a set-piece,” he referred to the second Dutch goal in second-half injury time.
The journalist wrote on Monday that he visited the hospital during his stay in Qatar. “I haven’t had Covid (I get tested here regularly) but went to the medical clinic at a major media center today and they said I probably had bronchitis,” he reported on online platform Substack this week.
Details about the journalist’s death were not fully known when the news broke, and the US State Department did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Detained for a rainbow T-shirt
Wahl made headlines early in the tournament when he was stopped by the stadium’s security wearing a rainbow jersey for the United States vs Wales game. He said he wore the shirt as a show of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
Grant Wahl, who was a CBS Sports correspondent and author of the popular Substack column, was 48.
Main photo source: Reuters/Grant Wahl via Twitter