Fifa World Cup: Body of sports writer Wahl returns to US

His agent told Reuters that he had 'appeared to suffer some kind of acute distress during the start of extra time' at the Argentina-Netherlands quarter-final

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Published: Tue 13 Dec 2022, 12:04 PM

The body of well-known US football journalist Grant Wahl — who died suddenly on Friday after collapsing while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar — has arrived in the United States, the State Department said on Monday.

"American journalist Grant Wahl has been returned to his family in the US. We're honoured to have shepherded him home, & grateful to the government of Qatar for their cooperation & transparency with our consular process," US ambassador to Qatar, Timmy Davis, said in a tweet.

Wahl — a former Sports Illustrated sports writer who moved to the online publishing platform Substack — had been tweeting about the Netherlands-Argentina match on Friday.

His agent told Reuters that Wahl had "appeared to suffer some kind of acute distress during the start of extra time" at the quarter-final match.


The agent said that attempts were made to revive Wahl in the press box before he was taken to a local hospital, where he was confirmed dead on Friday.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday that an autopsy would be conducted on Wahl's remains, which were with a medical examiner, but there was no indication of foul play in his death.

"I send my deepest condolences to his family, and thank our Embassy team and Qatari partners who worked together so effectively to fulfill their wishes," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted on Monday.

Wahl wrote early last week that he had visited a hospital while in Qatar, and that health officials told him he likely had bronchitis.

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