NEW YORK (PIX11) — Renowned soccer journalist Grant Wahl died from a “slowly growing, undetected” aortic aneurysm that ruptured, his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, said Wednesday.
Gounder said his death was not suspicious and unrelated to COVID-19 or his vaccination status. An autopsy done in New York City revealed the cause of death, she said.
“The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms. No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him,” she said.
The 49-year-old reporter died while covering the World Cup in Qatar last week. He was at the match between Argentina and the Netherlands when he collapsed and later died. His body and possessions arrived in New York City on Monday.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. had no reason to believe Wahl’s death was the result of foul play and praised Qatari authorities for fully cooperating with the embassy in arranging the repatriation.
— Associated Press material was used in this report