Well-known US football journalist Grant Wahl died suddenly on Friday after collapsing while covering a match at the World Cup in Qatar, his agent said.
Qatar’s World Cup organizers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), paid tribute to Wahl’s “enormous love of football” and offered condolences to his family, friends and media colleagues.
Wahl, a former Sports Illustrated sportswriter who moved to the Substack online publishing platform, had been tweeting about the Netherlands-Argentina match earlier on Friday.
His agent, Tim Scanlan, told Reuters that Wahl had “appeared to suffer some kind of acute distress in the start of extra time” at the quarter-final match.
Scanlan said attempts were made to revive Wahl in the press box before he was taken to a local hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
Gianni Infantino, president of world football governing body FIFA, offered condolences, saying in a statement that Wahl’s “love for football was immense and his reporting will be missed by all who follow the global game.”
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Twitter the department had been in close communication with Wahl’s family.
“This is so devastating,” twice World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe said on Twitter.