Grant Wahl passed away in Qatar after covering the Netherlands vs. Argentina match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.
The famed American sports Journalist worked as a football analyst for CBS Sports.
He was most famous as a correspondent for Fox Sports and senior writer for Sports Illustrated, the latter focusing on college basketball and soccer (football) in the U.S.
Wahl was also the author of the 2009 non-fiction book The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America.
Earlier this month, Brazilian football legend Ronaldo presented Mr. Wahl with an award for reporting on eight consecutive World Cup tournaments.
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Famous football Journalist Grant Wahl has died after collapsing during a match in Qatar. Born on December 2, 1974, he was 48.
The incident occurred while he was covering the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and Netherlands on December 9, 2022.
Grant’s brother, Eric Wahl, says he suspects foul play in the Journalist’s passing.
He introduced himself on Instagram on Friday, stating that he was Eric Wahl from Seattle, Washington, and the brother of Grant Wahl.
Eric further shared his homosexuality and that it was the reason that Grant wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup.
He claimed his brother was healthy and received death threats following the rainbow shirt incident.
Eric believes that his brother was killed, and “I just beg for any help,” he wrote.
U.S. Soccer released a statement via Twitter sending condolences to Wahl’s family and mourning his loss.
Initial reports suggest Grant may have had a heart attack, but the official cause of death is yet to be known.
On his latest podcast, Fútbol with Grant Wahl, Grant said he had bronchitis.
Meet Grant Wahl Wife And Kids
Wahl was married to Celine Gounder (m. 2001). They were college sweethearts who met at Princeton University and were together for 25 years.
Celine is a medical doctor, Journalist, and professor specializing in infectious diseases and global health.
She has also worked with the government as a COVID-19 Advisory Board team member under then-President-Elect Joe Biden.
In addition to doing a BA (molecular biology) from Princeton University, she did MS (epidemiology) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) from John Hopkins and University of Washington, respectively.
Celine previously worked as a post-doctoral fellow (Infectious Diseases) at Johns Hopkins University and as an intern and resident (Internal Medicine) at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital.
She is currently a host of the podcast American Diagnosis and an editor-at-large for Kaiser health news. She has occasionally appeared as a medical contributor on CBS, CNN, etc.
Celine was named one of People’s 25 Women Changing the World in 2017 as a tribute to her contributions to public health and medicine.
Born on April 22, 1977, she is 45 years old at the time of writing. She was born in the States to a mother from Normandy, France, and Tamil Indian Father, Raj Natarajan Gounder.
Celine has visited her village in Perumapalayam many times and went on to establish the Raj Gounder Foundation in her dad’s name in 2018. The foundation supports children’s education.
Grant and Celine did not have a child. They lived in New York City with their two dogs, Coco and Zizou, named after former France footballer and World cup winner Zinedine Zidane.
Celine explained that they decided not to have children due to the nature of their professions, meaning they would not have enough time to focus on raising a child.