Grant Wahl: ‘Nothing nefarious’ in journalist’s demise throughout World Cup

Wahl started his journalism profession at Sports activities Illustrated earlier than working independently from 2021

The spouse of Grant Wahl, the American journalist who died after collapsing in a World Cup press field, says there was nothing untoward in his demise.

Wahl, 48, had described feeling strain in his chest within the days earlier than Friday’s quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Celine Gounder, Wahl’s spouse, mentioned a New York post-mortem found a bleed round his coronary heart.

“There was nothing nefarious about his death,” she added.external-link

“The chest strain he skilled shortly earlier than his demise might have represented the preliminary signs.

“No quantity of CPR or shocks would have saved him. His demise was unrelated to Covid. His demise was unrelated to vaccination standing.”

Gounder thanked the world of sport for the tributes to her late husband.

His death prompted messages from various leading figures in American sports, including some of the United States team he had been covering in Qatar.

“Whereas the world knew Grant as an awesome journalist, we knew him as a person who approached the world with openness and love,” Gounder added.

“Grant was an extremely empathetic, devoted, and loving husband, brother, uncle, and son who was our biggest team-mate and fan. We are going to eternally cherish the reward of his life; to share his firm was our biggest love and supply of pleasure.”

Earlier within the event Wahl said he was stopped from entering the United States’ group matchexternal-link against Wales because he was wearing a t-shirt in support of same-sex relationships, which are illegal in Qatar.

He had additionally accused Qatari organisers of apathy and indifferenceexternal-link over migrant worker deaths around the tournament. The rights and welfare of migrant workers in Qatar have been the focus of international criticism, with differing claims over the number of deaths.

Wahl wrote in the earlier part of last week that he had been to a hospital in Qatar and been told it was likely he had bronchitis.

Grant Wahl
Fifa left a portrait and floral tribute at Wahl’s desk for the quarter-final between England and France the day after his collapse

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