Grant Wahl, a well-known American sports journalist, who was detained in Qatar for wearing a rainbow T-shirt, died suddenly on Friday December 9 in Doha, announced his wife and the Federation American football.
The 48-year-old soccer specialist had worked for the famous magazine Sports Illustrated before joining the CBS Sports channel in 2021.
According to American radio NPR, he was covering the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands when he collapsed in the press box.
Medical personnel practiced first aid before carrying him away on a stretcher. According to the American daily The Wall Street Journal, Grant Wahl has succumbed to a heart attack.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price tweeted shortly afterwards: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Grant Wahl’s passing”, adding that US authorities were “in close communication” with his family.
The last twitter post of the journalist was about the sensational game between Argentina and Netherlands.
“What just happened?”, he tweeted moments before his death.
Only a few weeks ago the colleague had received an award from AIPS and FIFA at the Journalists on the Podium in which he was one of the 82 members of the press that received a special recognition for covering at least 8 men’s World Cups.