The body of U.S. soccer journalist Grant Wahl, who died suddenly on Friday after collapsing while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar, has arrived in the United States, the State Department said on Monday, December 12.
Wahl, a former Sports Illustrated sportswriter who moved to the Substack online publishing platform, had been tweeting about the Netherlands-Argentina match on Friday December 9.
The agent said attempts were made to revive Wahl in the press box before he was taken to a local hospital, where he was confirmed dead on Friday.
“American journalist Grant Wahl has been returned to his family in the U.S. We’re honored to have shepherded him home, & grateful to the government of Qatar for their cooperation & transparency with our consular process,” U.S. ambassador to Qatar, Timmy Davis, said in a tweet.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Monday that an autopsy would be conducted on Wahl’s remains, which were with a medical examiner, but there was no indication of foul play in his death.
Wahl wrote early last week that he had visited a hospital while in Qatar and that doctors told him he had bronchitis.
Back in November Wahl revealed he was briefly stopped at a World Cup stadium security screening point when he tried to enter while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ community. In Qatar, same-sex relations are illegal.
He said World Cup security denied him entry to the United States opener against Wales and asked him to remove his shirt.