February 1, 2023
Body of sports journalist killed during World Cup returned to US

Body of sports journalist killed during World Cup returned to US

By Kanishka Singh and Humera Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The body of American sports journalist Grant Wall, who died suddenly on Friday after suffering a sudden illness during the World Cup in Qatar, has arrived in the United States, the U.S. State Department said.

“American journalist Grant Wall has returned to his family in the United States. We are honored to bring him home and thank the government of Qatar for their cooperation and transparency in our diplomatic process,” said U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Timmy Davis. Tweet.

Wall, a former Sports Illustrated sports journalist who has moved to online publishing platform Substock, tweeted about the Netherlands-Argentina match on Friday.

Wall “appeared to be in some serious distress at the start of overtime” in the quarterfinals, his agent told Reuters.

The agent said efforts were made to revive Wall in the press box before he was taken to a local hospital, where he died Friday.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Monday that an autopsy would be performed on Wall’s body, but that there were no signs of foul play in his death.