American journalist Grant Wahl died in Qatar at the age of 47 during last night's match between the Netherlands and Argentina. Wahl was one of the most respected American sports journalists, and he collapsed in the press booth while watching last night's World Cup quarterfinal match.
He was immediately transferred to the hospital, but the doctors were unable to save his life. "The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl," US Soccer said in a statement on its official Twitter account.
"Grant made soccer his life's work, and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing will no longer be with us." Gounder reposted the US Soccer statement on Twitter and wrote: "I am so thankful for the support of my husband Grant Wahl's soccer family and of so many friends who've reached out tonight.
I'm in complete shock."
The cause of the death is unknown
He remained in Qatar even after the United States national team was eliminated from the tournament, and for now, the cause of his death is unknown. Just days before his death, Grant Wahl complained of feeling unwell in an episode of the podcast Futbol with Grant Wahl.
"It had gotten pretty bad in terms of like the tightness in my chest, tightness, pressure. Feeling pretty hairy, bad." Wahl told co-host Chris Wittyngham in the episode. He added that he sought help at the medical clinic at the World Cup media center, believing he had bronchitis.
The game between the US and Netherlands on December 3 resulted in Wahl experiencing an "involuntary capitulation" of his body and mind. "This isn't my first rodeo. I've done eight of these on the men's side," he said at the time.
"And so like, I've gotten sick to some extent at every tournament, and it's just about trying to find a way to like get your work done." Wahl became known to the world public when, at the very beginning of the World Cup, he was among the detained persons who tried to enter the stadiums wearing t-shirts and symbols with rainbow colors in order to support the LGBT community.