After covering the Argentina vs. Netherlands World Cup match, respected journalist Grant Wahl passed away at age 48.
Grant worked for Sports Illustrated for 24 years and was a part of some of the most memorable covers that live on the shelves of millions.
As of now, there are not any known health conditions that Wahl was known to have.
The US soccer team released a statement quickly after the news was released.
“The entire US soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant,” the statement read. “Fans of soccer and journalism of the highest quality knew we could always count on Grant to deliver insightful and entertaining stories about our game and its major protagonist: teams, players, coaches and the many personalities that make soccer unlike any sport. Here in the United States, Grant’s passion for soccer and commitment to elevating its profile across our sporting landscape played a major role in helping to drive interest in and respect for our beautiful game”
Although no foul play has been determined, it is important to note the events that occurred earlier this month.
At the very beginning of the tournament, Wahl was refused entry because of his t-shirt.
Just now: Security guard refusing to let me into the stadium for USA-Wales. “You have to change your shirt. It’s not allowed.” pic.twitter.com/TvSGThMYq8
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) November 21, 2022
Grant’s brother posted on Instagram, accusing Qatar of “foul play.”
Absolutely bone chilling stuff
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
— JACK SETTLEMAN (@jacksettleman) December 10, 2022
Stay tuned for more updates.