Grant Wahl cause of death announced by his family

The family of American football journalist Grant Wahl, who died while covering the World Cup in Qatar, say: “There was nothing shameful about his death.”

WASHINGTON — Football journalist Grant Wahl died from an aneurysm in his heart that ruptured during coverage of the World Cup in Qatar. This was announced by his family on Wednesday morning.

Wahl’s widow, Dr. Celine Gounder, shared details on his cause of death Interview with “CBS Mornings” and in a note on her husband’s website. An autopsy was performed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.

She explained in the interview that the aortic aneurysm was probably brewing for years and for whatever reason happened at the time.

“The chest pressure he experienced just before his death may have been the first symptoms,” Gounder wrote online. “No amount of CPR or shock would have saved him. His death had nothing to do with COVID. His death had nothing to do with vaccination status. There was nothing shameful about his death.

Wahl’s brother, Eric Wahl, had said immediately after the journalist’s death that he believed his brother “was killed”. After Wahl’s body was returned to the United States and an autopsy performed, Eric Wahl said his family no longer suspects a bad game.

Wahl, who had complained of breathing problems in the days before his death and had been treated for possible bronchitis, fell back to his seat in an area reserved for journalists at the Lusail Stadium during extra time of the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands , and reporters standing next to him called for help.

Rescue workers reacted very quickly, treating him on the spot for 20 or 30 minutes and then taking him to the hospital on a stretcher.

Wahl had complained of nausea during the World Cup.

“My body finally collapsed on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and a lot of work can do that to you.” Wahl wrote on December 5. “What had been a cold for the past 10 days turned into something heavier on the night of the USA-Netherlands game and I could feel my upper chest taking on a new level of pressure and discomfort.”

Wahl wrote that he had tested negative for COVID-19 and was seeking treatment for his symptoms.

Wahl wrote for Sports Illustrated for more than two decades and then launched his own website. He was an important voice in educating an American public about football during a period of heightened interest after the United States hosted the 1994 World Cup.

He also took a critical look at the sport’s international organizing bodies.

What is an aortic aneurysm?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionan aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and upper body.

In 2019, aortic aneurysms or aortic dissections were the cause of 9,904 deaths in the United States.

What causes aortic aneurysm

Illnesses and acts that damage a person’s heart and blood vessels increase the risk of an aortic aneurysm, with smoking being “the most important behavior associated with an aortic aneurysm,” according to the CDC on its website. Other facts include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardened arteries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Grant Wahl cause of death announced by his family

Laura Coffey

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