Renowned football journalist Grant Wahl dies at Qatar World Cup

The US Soccer Federation reported on Friday that renowned football journalist Grant Wahl has passed away. Wahl was in Qatar covering the World Cup when he passed away.

Wahl suffered a heart attack on Friday in the press box of the stadium where Argentina and the Netherlands played their quarterfinal matcha person familiar with the situation told CBS News. Wahl had was sent Multiple tweets during the match

The US Soccer Federation said, “The entire US Soccer family is saddened to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl.” said in a statement Friday night. “Fans of football and journalism of the highest quality knew we could always count on Grant to deliver insightful and entertaining stories about our sport and its key characters.”

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FILE – Grant Wahl speaks at a panel discussion at the Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival New York on April 8, 2014 in New York City.

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Wahl addressed his health on his Spotify podcast on Thursday, saying he had contracted bronchitis while in Qatar.

“I took some time off here myself,” Wahl told the audience. “We had two days off here without a game. Seventeen straight days of games and I think, my body told me, even when America went out, ‘Man, you’re not getting enough sleep,’ And it revolted me. So I’ve had a case of bronchitis this week. I’ve been to the medical center at the clinic twice, including today. I feel better today. I basically canceled everything this Thursday I took a nap, and I’m doing a little better. You can probably tell from my voice that I’m not doing 100% here.”

A prolific journalist, Wahl wrote for several outlets and was a CBS Sports contributor. He was an analyst on CBS Sports Headquarters during the Qatar World Cup, and wrote guest columns for CBS Sports focused on the US men’s national team. He was also an editorial consultant for soccer documentaries on Paramount+.

Wahl was also married to CBS News medical contributor Dr. Celine Gounder. go under Tweeted She was “in complete shock” and thanked Wahl’s “football family” and their friends for their support, as reported in the news.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department, said the agency was in contact with officials in Qatar.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of Grant Wahl’s death and send our condolences to his family, with whom we remain in close contact,” Price Tweeted, “We are engaged with senior Qatari officials to see that his family’s wishes are met as expeditiously as possible.”

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said, “We are shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the tragic passing of Grant Wahl.” Tweeted, “He was a kind and caring man whose passion for football and dedication to journalism was immeasurable.”

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