US Soccer Journalist Grant Wahl, 48, Dies Suddenly at World Cup in Qatar 🥕🥕🥕🥕

Influential sports journalist Grant Wahl died in Qatar while covering the World Cup.

As he was covering Argentina’s quarterfinal win over the Netherlands on Friday, Wahl, who had run his own Substack after working for Sports Illustrated, collapsed at Lusail Iconic Stadium and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Just one day prior, the Kansas-born American revealed that he was dealing with bronchitis while feeling under the weather.

“My body I think told me, even after the U.S. went out, ‘dude, you are not sleeping enough.’ It rebelled on me,” Wahl said on his podcast “Futbol with Grant Wahl” on Thursday. “So I’ve had a case of bronchitis this week, I’ve been to the medical clinic at the media center twice now, including today. I’m feeling better today. I basically cancelled everything on this Thursday that I had and napped. And I’m doing slightly better. I think you can probably tell in my voice that I’m not 100 percent.”

Wahl received his first injection of Pfizer-manufactured synthetic mRNA on April 7, 2021, at the Javits Center in New York. He had a booster in December 2021. His wife is Céline R. Gounder, an infectious disease medical doctor who served on the COVID-19 Advisory Board transition team for President Joe Biden.

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Wahl’s Instagram account shows IG stories, one posted as recently seven hours ago, around 12:00 noon Pacific.

He posted his final tweet a few minutes past 1:00 PM.

RIP Grant Wahl (December 2, 1974 – December 9, 2022)

UPDATE: Grant Wahl’s wife has since announced that her husband died of an aortic aneurysm, citing an autopsy done stateside.

An autopsy was performed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Grant died from the rupture of a slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium. The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms. No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him. His death was unrelated to COVID. His death was unrelated to vaccination status. There was nothing nefarious about his death.

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