Sports journalist Grant Wahl, who recently made international headlines after he said he was temporarily detained in Qatar for wearing a rainbow shirt, has died.
According to other report, he said on his podcast he’s been sick.
The cause of Grant Wahl’s death is yet to be revealed, but an eye witness said he collapsed while covering Friday’s Argentina-Netherlands match in the press area, allegedly suffering heart attack at Lusail Stadium, a witness told CNN.
Grant Wahl was an American sports journalist and soccer analyst for CBS Sports, who was best known for having been a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and a correspondent for Fox Sports. He was also the author of the book ‘The Beckham Experiment’. The 49 year old born on December 2, 1974, in Mission, Kansas of the United States of America was married to Celine Gounder.
Gounder also posted the US Soccer statement on Twitter.
“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,” wrote Gounder, a former CNN contributor who served on the Biden-Harris transition Covid-19 advisory board.
Wahl had covered soccer for more than two decades, including 11 World Cups, and authored several books on the sport, according to his website. He had just celebrated his birthday earlier this week with “a great group of media friends at the World Cup,” according to a post on his official Twitter account, which added: “Very thankful for everyone.”