American journalist Grant Wahl died in Qatar while covering the World Cup. His death shocked and saddened the sports world.
Grant Wahl was one of the best-known soccer writers in the United States. He died early Saturday morning while covering the World Cup game between Argentina and the Netherlands. He was only 49.
U.S. reporters sitting next to him in the press box at Lusail Iconic Stadium said that Wahl fell back in his seat during extra time, and reporters next to him called for help. The reporters said that emergency workers arrived very quickly and were later told that Wahl had died.
Wahl was at the World Cup for the eighth time. On Monday, he wrote on his website that while he was in Qatar, he went to a medical clinic.
“My body finally gave out on me. Three weeks of those little sleep, extreme stress, and a great deal of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote. “What had been cold for the last 10 days turned into something worse on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel a new level of pressure and discomfort in my upper chest.
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“I didn’t have Covid (I regularly test here), but I went to the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later.”
Grant Wahl is survived by his wife and two dogs. Read on to know everything about his wife.
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Grant’s wife, Celine Gounder, is “shocked” and can’t believe that her husband died so suddenly. “I am so thankful for the support of my husband’s soccer family and so many friends who have reached out tonight. I’m completely shocked,” Gounder tweeted in response to U.S. Soccer’s official statement about his death.
Gounder was born in the United States. His mother was from Normandy, France, and his father was from Tamil India. She got her Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology from Princeton University in 1997. That’s where Gounder and Wahl first met since Wahl used to go to the same university. Gounder got her Master’s degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gounder kept studying and in 2004 got his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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Grant Wahl and Celine Gounder got married in 2012, and since then they have been together. Gounder has been a strong force in many fields, including medicine, and has worked for some of the best companies. Gounder is a Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large for Public Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Kaiser Health News, according to her website.
“The whole U.S. soccer family is devastated to hear that Grant Wahl has died,” said a statement from U.S. Soccer soccer. “Soccer fans and people who like high-quality journalism knew they could always count on Grant to write fun and interesting stories about our game.