NEW YORK – Grant Wahl died of a heart aneurysm when he was hit while covering a World Cup match last weekend, according to an autopsy of the well-known American soccer writer.
Wahl’s wife, Dr. Céline Gounder, said Wednesday that the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy.
“Grant died from the rupture of a slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemopericardium,” she wrote on her husband’s website, referring to the wall surrounding the heart. “The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms. No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him. His death was not related to COVID. His death was not related to the condition of vaccination. There was nothing nefarious about his death. .”
Wahl, who was 49, was run over in the media stand at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar on Saturday early in extra time of Argentina’s quarter-final match against the Netherlands. Emergency workers attended to him immediately and tended to him for 20 to 30 minutes before taking him away on a stretcher, local reporters said.
His body was taken to New York.
“This transition was handled with the utmost care and sensitivity,” Gounder wrote. “This was an international matter that required the coordination of multiple national and international agencies, and there was full cooperation from all involved. Our sincere thanks to all involved in Grant’s repatriation, particularly the White House , the US State Department, FIFA, US. Soccer and American Airlines.”
Wahl had complained during the World Cup of feeling ill.
“My body finally broke up with me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and a lot of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote on Dec. 5. “What had been a cold for the past 10 days turned into something more. serious the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort.”
Wahl wrote that he tested negative for COVID-19 and sought treatment for his symptoms.
“I went to the medical clinic in the main media center today and was told I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some cough syrup and I’m feeling a little better in a few hours. later. But still: No bueno,” he wrote.
Wahl worked for Sports Illustrated from 1996 to 2021, known primarily for its coverage of college football and basketball. He then launched his own website, Soccer with Grant Wahl, and a podcast with Meadowlark Media.
Wahl also worked for FOX Sports from 2012 to 2019 and was hired by CBS Sports in 2021 as an analyst and editorial consultant. Wahl wrote the 2009 book “The Beckham Experiment” after English soccer star David Beckham joined Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and the 2018 book “Masters of Modern Soccer.”
Gounder said a memorial service is being planned.
Associated Press report.
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