US reporter Grant Wahl died in Qatar due to broken blood vessel, wife said

collapsed in the press area of ​​the stadium while covering the match between Argentina and the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup between England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha, on December 10, 2022

A giant screen shows a photo of US journalist Grant Wahl, who died after collapsing in the stadium’s press area while covering Argentina’s match against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the tournament. football World Cup 2022 between England and France on December 10, 2022 in Qatar. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT/AFP)

Grant Wahl, a top US sports reporter, died suddenly while covering the World Cup in Qatar from a ruptured aorta, the main blood vessel leading to the heart, his wife said on Wednesday.

Renowned epidemiologist Celine Gounder dismissed speculation on social media that Wahl’s death was the result of foul play or COVID vaccination: “There was nothing nefarious about his death. .

In an announcement posted on Wahl’s Substack page, Gounder said an autopsy performed in New York revealed that Wahl, 49, had died from rupture of an “undetected, ascending aortic aneurysm.” .

An aortic aneurysm is a rupture of the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart.

“The pressure in the chest he experienced just before his death may have been the initial symptom,” Gounder said. “No CPR or electric shock could save him.”

“His death was unrelated to COVID,” she said. “His death was not related to vaccination status.”

Wahl collapsed while covering the quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday.

He complained on his Substack about feeling bad the week before his death.

A few days earlier, Wahl had clashed with Qatar’s World Cup organizers over the rainbow LGBTQ shirt he wore during a match. Qatar criminalizes homosexuality and Wahl said security guards told him the shirt was “political”.

Wahl, who is covering his eighth World Cup, has helped build the popularity of football in the United States through his coverage of Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and other media.

Wahl joined Sports Illustrated, then America’s leading sports publication, in 1996 to cover football. He stayed with the magazine until 2020, joining CBS Sports a year later.

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