American journalist Grant Wahl has died at the age of 48 in Qatar after collapsing while covering the World Cup, sparking an outpouring of shock and grief across the sports world.
He “imploded” in the press region while covering Friday’s Argentina-Netherlands match, an observer told NY. The conditions around his demise are not satisfactory.
“The whole US Soccer family is shattered to discover that we have lost Award Wahl,” US Soccer said in a proclamation on its true Twitter account.
“Award made soccer his labor of love, and we are crushed that he and his splendid composing will never again accompany us.”
US Soccer commended Wahl’s energy and “faith in the force of the game to propel common liberties,” and imparted its sympathies to Wahl’s better half, Celine Gounder, and his friends and family.
Gounder reposted the US Soccer articulation on Twitter and stated: “I am so grateful for the help of my better half Award Wahl’s soccer family and of such countless companions who’ve connected this evening. I’m in finished shock.”
Wahl took care of soccer for over twenty years, including 11 World Cups, as per his site. He was a long-lasting essayist for Sports Showed, and composed two books on the game.
In an episode of the digital broadcast Futbol with Award Wahl, distributed only days before his passing on December 6, he had griped of feeling unwell.
Wahl was tweeting throughout Argentina-Netherlands match, with his final tweet coming after the Netherlands’ tying goal near the end of the second half. “Just an incredible set-piece goal by the Netherlands,” he wrote.
Wahl’s journalism career began with an internship at the Miami Herald in 1994; two years later he joined Sports Illustrated, for whom he covered seven World Cups and 12 NCAA basketball tournaments.
He won four magazine story of the year awards from the U.S. Basketball Writers Assn., while his book “The Beckham Experiment” — on David Beckham’s move to the Galaxy — was a New York Times bestseller.