Longtime football reporter Grant Wahl covers a USMNT game in 2014. Image: AP
America’s most prominent football reporter, Grant Wahl, has died while covering the World Cup in Doha, Qatar, according to his brother Eric.
Eric Wahl announced his brother’s death on Instagram on Friday evening:
Eric provided few details in his video but said of his brother in the comments: “He collapsed in the stadium, gave CPR, was rushed to the hospital by Uber and died according to Celine. We just spoke to the State Department and Celine spoke to Ron Klain and the White House.”
Grant Wahl’s wife, Celine Gounder, is a prominent physician and medical journalist who served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. She posted on Twitter Friday night:
Late last month Wahl was briefly detained by Qatari officials while covering the World Cup for wearing a shirt supporting same-sex relationships:
Qatar’s response to Wahl’s progressive views has led some to call for an immediate investigation into his death. However, there is no information on the cause of Wahl’s death beyond what has been shared by his family.
Wahl’s last tweet came during the Argentina-Netherlands game on Friday afternoon:
Grant Wahl was 48.
[Update]: Just this week, Wahl wrote in his newsletter that he was not feeling well and that he had gone to a hospital in Qatar:
“My body finally collapsed on me. Three weeks of little sleep, lots of stress and lots of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote. “What had been a cold for the past 10 days turned into something heavier on the night of the USA-Netherlands game and I could feel my upper chest taking on a new level of pressure and discomfort. I didn’t have Covid (I test here regularly) but I went to the medical clinic in the main media center today and they said I probably have bronchitis. They put me on antibiotics and a strong cough syrup and a few hours later I’m feeling a little better. But still: No bueno.”
This is an evolving story. We will update with more information as it becomes available.