US football journalist Grant Wahl, who died last week while covering the World Cup, had an aortic aneurysm that ruptured, his wife says

Grant Wahl, the American soccer reporter who collapsed and died while covering the World Cup in Qatar last week, died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, on Wednesday.

“It’s just one of those things that’s probably been brewing for years, and for whatever reason it happened at this point,” Gounder said on “CBS This Morning.”

She said the tributes to her late husband are touching and comforting.

“He was so loved by so many people,” she said, and hearing the outpouring “is like a warm hug when you really need it.”

Wahl, a longtime college basketball and football reporter for Sports Illustrated and for his own newsletter, collapsed while covering Friday’s game between Argentina and the Netherlands and was later pronounced dead. He was 49.

He has covered football for more than two decades, including 11 World Cups – six men, five women – and has authored several books on the sport, according to his website.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta — the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the chest. A rupture is caused when the force of pumping blood can split the layers of the arterial wall, allowing blood to leak out. When it ruptures, the aneurysm ruptures completely, causing internal bleeding.

The CDC says aortic aneurysms or dissections caused about 10,000 deaths in 2019. About 59% of these deaths were in men.

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Laura Coffey

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