Sports journalist Grant Wahl dies in Qatar, U.S. Soccer confirms


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(NEXSTAR) — American sports journalist Grant Wahl has died while covering the World Cup in Qatar. Wahl’s death was confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Friday night. In a statement, the organization said, in part:

“Grant made soccer his life’s work and we are devastated that he and his brilliant writing will no longer be with us… we thank Grant for his tremendous dedication to and impact on our game in the United States. His writing and the stories he told will live on.”

U.S. Soccer

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wahl, known for his writing for Sports Illustrated, died Friday night after what local medics said was cardiac arrest. At the time of his death, Wahl was covering a match between Argentina and Netherlands, WSJ says.

The 48 year-old recently made headlines during his time in Qatar after tweeting that he’d been detained and denied entry due to wearing a “rainbow soccer ball T-shirt” in support of the LGBTQ community.

Wahl celebrated his birthday on Dec. 7, saying: “No games today but very thankful for everyone.”

This is a developing story.

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