Grant Wahl, a well-known American journalist, has passed away in Qatar after collapsing while covering the World Cup.
He “collapsed,” according to a witness, while covering the Argentina-Netherlands game on Friday.
Wahl “became sick” in the press area, where he received “urgent medical treatment on site,” according to Qatar’s World Cup organizers on Saturday. According to a representative for the Supreme Court Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the organization in charge of organizing the competition, he was afterwards transported to Hamad General Hospital.
US Soccer released a statement on its official Twitter account, saying, “The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl.”
“We are heartbroken that Grant, and his excellent writing, will no longer be with us. Grant made soccer his life’s work.”
He had previously been sent away from a stadium due to his rainbow T-shirt.
Because of the “rainbow soccer ball t-shirt” he was sporting, Wahl claimed he was briefly denied access to the game and detained in an incident that went viral on social media. He wrote on Twitter that security personnel had instructed him to change his shirt. It was prohibited.
Condolences to family and friends, R.I.P.