CBS Sports journalist Grant Wahl died at the age of 48 while covering the match between Argentina and the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. His death was announced by his brother Eric Wahl, who believes that his brother had been killed. 

Eric said that his brother collapsed at the stadium and was given CPR before being taken by Uber to an area hospital, where he died. Eric said his brother received death threats over wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

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According to him, Grant did not suffer from any natural illnesses, he believes that foul play was involved in his death. However, Grant disclosed on his most recent podcast episode, released on Thursday, that he had been battling bronchitis and had made a couple of visits to a media medical center.

Showing support of any form toward the queer, same-sex, or trans community has been banned by the Middle-Eastern country, to the point that several European football team members were prohibited from sporting the “one-love” band during the games.

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Who is Eric Wahl?

Eric posted a video on Instagram Friday evening, where he announced his brother’s death. He also shared serious doubts about the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death. 

“My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington. I am Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m gay. I am the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was healthy. He told me he received death threats. I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed. And I just beg for help,” Eric said in the video.

In a comment on the post, Eric further mentioned some more information surrounding the matter.

“We’re still trying to find out (what happened). He collapsed at the stadium, was given cpr, was taken by Uber to hospital and died according to Celine (Grant’s wife). We just spoke with the state department and Celine has spoken to Ron Klain and the White House,” Eric wrote in a comment on the post.

In his video, Eric referenced the shirt Grant wore to Qatar. His Instagram page has presently been deactivated.