Soccer Writer Grant Wahl Dies At World Cup Match In Qatar
Dec 9, 2022, 7:59 PM
| Updated: 8:25 pm
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl speaks on a panel discussion at the 2014 Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival New York, presented by Budweiser, on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Budweiser)
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Budweiser)
U.S. media seated near him said Wahl was stricken while in the media tribute at Lusail Iconic Stadium during extra time and could not be revived.
Wahl was covering his eighth World Cup. He wrote Monday that he had visited a hospital while in Qatar.
“My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote. “What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort. I didn’t have Covid (I test regularly here), but I went into the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno.”
I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl's soccer family & of so many friends who've reached out tonight.