Following Grant Wahl’s unexpected passing, another journalist has reportedly died in Qatar while covering the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam was said to have “died suddenly,” according to information from Gulf Times Qatar.
In a tweet from the official Gulf Times Qatar account, the following statement was released:
Grant Wahl, who notably wore a rainbow shirt while covering the events in Qatar, died on December 10 at Hamad General Hospital in Doha. It was reported (via The Pink News) that he collapsed during post-match interviews, after which CPR was performed on him. However, a few hours later, the journalist’s wife and USMNT’s Twitter account confirmed that he had passed away.
Prior to his death, Wahl revealed on his podcast that his body had been affected by the stress of covering the FIFA World Cup:
Al-Misslam’s death, which was reported on December 10, is an emerging story, and more details will be revealed in due course.
Eric Wahl took to his Twitter account to reveal that his brother collapsed at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, and was taken to the hospital:
Eric also spoke openly against the FIFA World Cup host nation Qatar, calling for more transparency:
Wahl, covering his eighth World Cup, was working the Argentina-Netherlands quarter-final match when he collapsed. While several reports suggest that Wahl was suffering from bronchitis, CBS News reported that he died of an apparent heart attack.
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