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.
VAXXED & BOOSTED TO THE MAX
Thrilled to get my 1st Pfizer Covid vaccine dose. Science! pic.twitter.com/6SaHitpK5n
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) April 7, 2021
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) December 13, 2021
Pretty simple. I'm vaxxed and boosted. Realize if I get Covid it likely won't be serious. But I have zero desire to get sidelined for 5-10 days from the work that I'm currently doing.
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) February 2, 2022
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.
Just an incredible designed set-piece goal by the Netherlands.
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) December 9, 2022
RIP Grant Wahl (December 2, 1974 – December 9, 2022)
I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl's soccer family & of so many friends who've reached out tonight.
I'm in complete shock. https://t.co/OB3IzOxGlE
— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA 🇺🇦 (@celinegounder) December 10, 2022
COVID hospitalizations🏥 are up⬆️27% nationwide.
Rates are especially high among 70+ year-olds.
See the top purple🟣 line in the graph on the right.👇🏾
If you're 50+🧓🏻👴🏿, immunocompromised, or pregnant🏼 & haven't gotten your COVID booster💉 this fall, NOW is the time. pic.twitter.com/w7wXdUYt5x
— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA 🇺🇦 (@celinegounder) December 5, 2022
1/ Hospitals are facing a "tripledemic"
of RSV + flu + COVID
with @CBSEveningNews @CBSNews' @NorahODonnell @carterevans
🔹COVID cases ⬆️75% in one week in LA
🔹Only 1/3 of people 65+ have gotten updated COVID booster pic.twitter.com/3pI8oH6yOg
— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA 🇺🇦 (@celinegounder) December 8, 2022
We are heartbroken that former Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl died while covering the World Cup in Qatar.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this tragic time. https://t.co/B9dhFPSPZq pic.twitter.com/2ydpmtguRF
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 10, 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.
Wow, aneurysm of the aorta is extremely rare.
Nothing to see here. Certainly the safe & effective COVax is not to blame.