Wife Of Grant Wahl, Journalist Who Died While Covering World Cup, Reveals His Cause Of Death

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The wife of Grant Wahl, the soccer journalist who died suddenly while covering the World Cup in Qatar, told CBS Mornings he died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Wahl, 49, was a long-time soccer reporter who worked for Fox Sports, CBS and wrote on Substack. Wahl collapsed Friday in Doha during the quarter-final match between the Netherlands and Argentina.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and performed CPR on Wahl before transporting him to a hospital. (RELATED: Second Journalist Dies Covering World Cup In Qatar)

The autopsy conducted in New York disputed previous rumors circulating online that suggested Wahl’s death might have been connected to the COVID-19 vaccine, according to The New York Times (NYT). Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, and his family denied any links between his death and the vaccine, the NYT reported.

Wahl reportedly had a cold in the days leading up to his death.

Qatari authorities detained and then later released Wahl a few days prior to his death, after he showed up to a match wearing a t-shirt that expressed support for LGBT rights.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

Wahl’s brother, Eric, said at first that he suspected foul play, posting a video to Instagram expressing that he himself is gay and saying his brother wore the t-shirt for him. Eric also said his brother was in good health.

Eric later said he does not suspect foul play, according to the NYT.