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Newsline: U.S. State Department engaged with Qatari officials after death of soccer analyst

Soccer analyst Grant Wahl died in Qatar while covering a World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday, just days after his 48th birthday. Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, confirmed his death Friday night on Twitter, writing she was in “complete shock.” Ned Price, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said the government is “engaged with senior Qatari officials to see to it that his family’s wishes are fulfilled as expeditiously as possible.” “He received immediate emergency medical treatment on site, which continued as he was transferred by ambulance to Hamad General Hospital,” the World Cup organizing committee said in a statement, which did not list a cause of death. “We are in touch with the US Embassy and relevant local authorities to ensure the process of repatriating the body is in accordance with the family’s wishes.” (https://sports.yahoo.com/grant-wahl-soccer-journalist-dies-025833400.html) Wahl, a sports journalist for CBS Sports and author of the GrantWahl Substack column, had covered eight men’s World Cup tournaments. Although an official cause of death has not been shared, Wahl wrote that he had been suffering from a “severe” illness that required him to visit a medical clinic in Qatar.

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