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Two journalists die in Qatar while covering the World Cup

12.12.2022, 14:09

Soccer journalist Grant Wahl and Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam died in Qatar while covering the World Cup.

According to The New York Times, American journalist Grant Wahl had been in the press box of Lusail Iconic Stadium, where he was covering the World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands. In the closing minutes of the match, he went into acute distress.

Wahl’s agent, Tim Scanlan, said the journalist had died at a hospital in Qatar or while he was being taken to one.

"He wasn’t sleeping well, and I asked him if he tried melatonin or anything like," Scanlan said. "He said, 'I just need to like relax for a bit.'"

Wahl was writing daily articles and recording podcasts every other day from Qatar throughout the World Cup. In recent days, Wahl wrote about struggles with his health during a run of coverage that, he said, typically left room for about five hours of sleep a night.

Grant Wahl worked as a soccer journalist for many publications, including Fox Sports, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated.

Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam died suddenly, The Gulf Times reports. He passed away while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but the publication does not mention the circumstances or cause of the Qatari journalist's death.

Khalid al-Misslam. Photo by

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