The wife of soccer journalist Grant Wahl says he passed away from an undiscovered aortic aneurysm. The well-known American soccer writer Grant Wahl’s autopsy revealed that he passed away this past weekend while covering a World Cup game due to an aneurysm in his heart.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, according to Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, who revealed this on Wednesday.
On behalf of myself and our family, I want to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of support, love, and sympathy from around the world. Here is a message from our family and the latest update surrounding our beloved Grant:https://t.co/jPsggW6gfd
— Céline Gounder, MD, ScM, FIDSA 🇺🇦 (@celinegounder) December 14, 2022
it was very difficult and painful time for us as we had lose our beloved husband best friend brother. https://grantwahl.substack.com/p/a-note-from-grants-wife-celine-gounder
She posted on her husband’s Substack newsletter that “Grant died from the rupture of a slowly developing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium; hemopericardium refers to blood in the sac that surrounds the heart.”
“He may have first seen symptoms when he felt chest tightness just before he passed away. CPR and shocks would not have been able to save him. His passing has nothing to do with COVID. His lack of immunization did not contribute to his death. Nothing sinister happened in his demise.”
Wahl, 49, was struck down early on Saturday during extra time of Argentina’s quarterfinal encounter against the Netherlands in the media tribune of Qatar’s Lusail Iconic Stadium.
Reporters in the area stated that emergency personnel came to his aid immediately and treated him for 20 to 30 minutes before removing him on a stretcher.
His remains were taken to New York.
Gounder writes, “This changeover was managed with the utmost care and respect.” “There was complete cooperation from all parties involved in this international problem, which required coordination from numerous agencies on a national and international level. We want to express our deep appreciation to everyone who helped bring Grant home, especially the White House, the U.S. Department of State, FIFA, U.S. Soccer, and American Airlines.”
Wahl had complained about feeling unwell during the World Cup.
Finally, my body gave up on me. You can become that way after three weeks of minimal sleep, intense stress, and hard labor, Wahl wrote on December 5. “On the night of the USA-Netherlands game, what had been a cold during the previous ten days morphed into something more severe, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new degree of pressure and misery.”
Wahl reported having a COVID-19 test that came out negative and getting medical attention for his issues.
“I visited the significant media center’s medical clinic today, and the staff advised me that I most likely have bronchitis. After receiving an antibiotic course and some potent cough medicine, I felt slightly better within a few hours.
Between 1996 and 2021, Wahl covered college basketball and soccer for Sports Illustrated.
Then he started his podcast with Meadowlark Media and his newsletter, “Ftbol with Grant Wahl.”
In addition, Wahl worked for Fox Sports from 2012 to 2019, and in 2021, he was employed by CBS Sports as an analyst and editorial consultant.
After English soccer star David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer, Wahl penned the 2009 book “The Beckham Experiment” and the 2018 book “Masters of Modern Soccer.”