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World Cup 2022: US journalist Grant Wahl died of an aneurysm


The renowned sports journalist Grant Wahl collapsed in the stands during the World Cup in Qatar and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Now his wife has announced the cause of death.

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Journalist Grant's Wahl was commemorated on a screen ahead of the quarter-final between England and France

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US sports journalist Grant Wahl died of natural causes during the World Cup in Qatar.

This was announced by his wife Celine Gounder after an autopsy in New York.

Accordingly, Grant died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm - a widening of the main artery - with a bruise in the pericardium.

“No resuscitation or shocks would have saved him.

His death was unrelated to Covid.

His death was unrelated to vaccination status,” Gounder wrote.

Accordingly, there were no inconsistencies.

Collapsed in media stand

Wahl had collapsed in the media stand at the Lusail Stadium during the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Rescue workers had still initiated life-saving measures and brought him to the Hamad General Hospital.

Wahl died at the age of 48.

The journalist himself had previously written on the Internet that he was in poor health.

The US journalist was on assignment for CBS Sports at the World Cup in Qatar. It was his eighth final round as a reporter at a major football event.

Wahl said he was detained by security forces for 25 minutes ahead of the USA-Wales preliminary round match on November 21 for wearing a rainbow-colored T-shirt to show his support for the LGBTQI* community.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Fifa had remembered Wahl with a gesture and placed flowers and a picture of him in the press box during the match between France and England (2-1) in the Al Bayt Stadium.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-12-14

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