Grant Wahl, an American sports journalist and soccer analyst for CBS Sports, passed away on Friday in Qatar, where he was covering the World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands.
Tim Scanlan who is Grant Wahl’s agent confirmed the news of his demise in a phone interview on Friday night.
Tim Scanlan said that Wahl had been in the press box in the closing minutes of the match when he went into acute distress.
He is believed to have died, Scanlan said, at a hospital in Qatar or while he was being taken to one, after feeling unwell as the tournament proceeded.
Céline Gounder, Grant Wahl’s wife, was left in a state of utter shock following his sudden death while covering the World Cup in Qatar on Friday.
She also confirmed the death in a tweet saying: “I am so thankful for the support of my husband soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight. I’m in complete shock,”
Who is Celine Gounder?
Celine Gounder was born in 1977 to a mother from Normandy, France, and a Tamil Indian father.
She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington.
Dr. Gounder was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
According to her website, Gounder is a Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large for Public Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and for Kaiser Health News.
The acclaimed medical journalist has also contributed to CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the BBC and was a former advisor on Covid to the Biden Administration.
She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
She cares for patients on the wards at Bellevue Hospital Center.
From November 9, 2020 to January 20, 2021, Dr. Gounder served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
Between 2017 and 2018, Dr. Gounder cared for patients part-time at Indian Health Service and tribal health facilities in the southwest and far northeast of the United States.
Wahl was married to Céline Gounder, an American medical doctor and medical journalist who specializes in infectious diseases and global health. They married in 2001 after meeting at Princeton University, their alma mater.
Wahl collapsed suddenly in the press box at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar while covering the quarter-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Local paramedics responded quickly and treated him for 30 minutes, including CPR, before Wahl was transported to a hospital, according to a statement by his wife.
He was pronounced dead on December 10, 2022.
While Wahl’s cause of death remains unclear, he had complained of chest discomfort and sought help at the medical clinic at the World Cup media center, where he was told that he probably had bronchitis.
He was given cough syrup and antibiotics at the clinic.
Eric Wahl said his brother had received death threats and that he believed Wahl was killed.
He also stated that the family was in contact with U.S. State Department and White House officials.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer, fellow journalists, and other figures in American soccer and around the world issued statements in honor of Wahl’s career.
A photo and flowers were placed at his assigned seat at Al Bayt Stadium during a quarterfinal match between France and England.
A video tribute was also played at the stadium and during television broadcasts in the United States.
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