American journalist Grant Wahl has died at the World Cup in Qatar

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Prominent American has died in Qatar early Saturday aged 49 while covering Argentina-Netherlands match at the World Cup, in the press box of Lusail Stadium. The circumstances around his death are not clear. Earlier on Friday, Wahl had tweeted about the Argentina-Netherlands quarterfinal match. He had complained of feeling unwell in the podcast Futbol with Grant Wahl two days before. “My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you. What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on 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 on Dec. 5.

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He was given cough syrup and ibuprofen. “The entire US Soccer family is heartbroken to learn that we have lost Grant Wahl,” US Soccer said in a statement on its official Twitter account.He was a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, and authored two books on the sport. had covered soccer for more than two decades, including 11 World Cups. He was also an editorial consultant for soccer documentaries on Paramount+. After his death many shared tributes on social media. “Before he became the best covering soccer he did hoops and was so kind to me,” wrote famed broadcaster Dick Vitale.US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the department was in “close communication” with Wahl’s family.