In some utterly stunning and frankly not believable news coming out of the World Cup in Qatar this evening, renowned United States soccer reporter Grant Wahl passed away while covering the Argentina vs. Netherlands quarterfinal match this afternoon in Qatar, as confirmed by NPR correspondent Russell Lewis in the tweet below:
NPR can confirm the death of longtime soccer sportswriter Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl). He died today in Doha, Qatar while covering the Argentina-Netherlands World Cup quarterfinal. Story to come.— Russell Lewis (@rdlewis) December 10, 2022
News began to circulate about his passing after Grant Wahl’s brother, Eric, posted a heartbreaking video on Instagram (captured by Jack Settleman below) detailing Grant’s sudden passing.
Absolutely bone chilling stuff— JACK SETTLEMAN (@jacksettleman) December 10, 2022
Soccer journalist Grant Wahl who was kicked out of a stadium in QATAR for this shirt has reportedly collapsed and passed away during the Argentina game today
His brother says on Instagram that Grant was fully healthy & believes there’s foul play pic.twitter.com/t47C2XfuVl
The US Soccer Federation has further come out with a statement all but eliminating any doubt as towards the passing of Wahl:
U.S. Soccer Statement On The Passing Of Grant Wahl: pic.twitter.com/CBp1mCK1mQ— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) December 10, 2022
Wahl’s wife issued the following statement as well:
Many are utterly heartbroken and shocked as to the sudden passing of Wahl. He was one of the best out there when it came to coverage of the sport we love in the United States. He will be sorely missed. We will do our best to keep you updated as further developments about his sudden passing come in.