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Grant Wahl had bronchitis, wasn’t sleeping well prior to World Cup death
December 10, 202212:02am
Grant Wahl, a longtime and respected soccer journalist who died suddenly Friday at the World Cup in Qatar, wasn’t sleeping well in the days leading up to his death, his agent, Tim Scanlan, told the New York Times.
“I asked him if he tried melatonin or anything like,” Scanlan told the paper. “He said, ‘I just need to like relax for a bit.’”
On his podcast, “Futbol with Grant Wahl,” on Thursday, the 49-year-old Wahl also noted that he’d been struggling physically after 17 straight days of games.
Finally, he said, he took two days off from his extensive coverage of the month-long tournament, which is being played in a reduced timeframe with 64 matches over 29 days across eight venues and five cities.
“My body told me, even after the U.S. went out, dude you are not sleeping enough and it rebelled on me,” Wahl said on the podcast. “So I’ve had a case of bronchitis this week. I’ve been to the medical clinic at the media center twice now including today [Thursday]. I’m feeling better today. I basically canceled everything on this Thursday that I had and napped.
Journalist Grant Wahl Said He ‘Had a Case of Bronchitis’ Before His Death: ‘Pressure and Discomfort’
Wahl collapsed during a match in Qatar on Friday and died at age 48, after “three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work”
Published on December 10, 2022 12:30 PM
Grant Wahl discussed coming down with bronchitis before his death in Qatar on Friday.
The famed sports journalist was covering the FIFA World Cup in Doha, specifically, a match between Argentina and Netherlands, when he collapsed Friday. His cause of death remains unknown, although his brother Eric Wahl has said he suspects it was the result of foul play.
Just a day before, on his Thursday episode of his Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast, as ESPN points out, the host explained that he hadn’t been feeling his best covering recent matches.
“My body told me, even after the U.S. went out, ‘Dude, you are not sleeping enough,’ and it rebelled on me. So I’ve had a case of bronchitis this week,” he said. “I’ve been to the medical clinic at the media center twice now, including today. I’m feeling better today, I basically canceled everything on this Thursday, that I had, and napped.”
Similarly, on his Substack, Wahl explained that his body “finally broke down on me,” and again detailed the sickness.
“Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you,” he wrote. “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. I didn’t have Covid (I test regularly here), but I went into the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno.”