U.S. author and journalist Grant Wahl recently died at 48 while covering the World Cup in Qatar. The world of soccer in the U.S. is grieving his death, and people are shocked to hear such news.
As per CNN, just days before his death, Grant Wahl talked about feeling unwell in an episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl. He said that he was better after receiving some cough syrup and ibuprofen.
His family is receiving an outpouring of grieves and support from fellow journalists worldwide.
He was present in Argentina vs. Netherlands match for the coverage. But he suddenly collapsed in the press area. He was rushed to the nearest hospital, where he was declared dead.
The U.S. Soccer released a notification regarding the death of Grant Wahl. The U.S. soccer said they are heartbroken by this news, and the U.S. has lost one of the gems of sports journalism.
Though we don’t know the circumstances behind Wahl’s tragic death, what’s clear is that he was a philanthropist who was passionate about bringing people together through the game of soccer.
He expressed that his body had broken down after he experienced lots of stress, lack of sleep, and a heavy workload. He had had a cold for 10 days before it turned into something more severe, and he felt better after receiving antibiotics and catching up on sleep.
Grant’s death has sent a shock in the sports and soccer journalism community, with many showing their respects on social media.
“We are shocked and devastated at the news of Grant’s passing. The sports world has lost a great writer, journalist, and colleague that we were proud to call our friend for two decades,” said the chief of Sports Illustrated in a joint statement.
The statements further added that Wahl was associated with Sports Illustrated for 24 years, and he joined in 1994. Wahl was in love with sports, and he volunteered to work as a sports journalist. His passion brought all the popularity that this show enjoys presently.
Wahl further opened his own website and had his podcast that millions of people loved.
Wahl was detained and briefly refused entry to a World Cup match in November after he was wearing a rainbow-color T-shirt in support of LGBTQ rights.
Security staff at an event in London forced him to cover up his shirt and threatened to take his phone.
Wahl was released 25 minutes after being detained. A representative from FIFA and a senior member of the security team at the stadium apologized to him for the incident.
Grant passed away, leaving behind his wife. Dr. Celine Gounder, his wife, is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital Center. Additionally, she is a CBS News medical news contributor.