Grant Wahl, an American sports journalist and soccer analyst for CBS Sports, passed away on Friday in Qatar, where he was covering the World Cup quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands.
Tim Scanlan who is Grant Wahl’s agent confirmed the the news of his demise in a phone interview on Friday night.
Tim Scanlan said that Wahl had been in the press box in the closing minutes of the match when he went into acute distress.
He is believed to have died, Scanlan said, at a hospital in Qatar or while he was being taken to one, after feeling unwell as the tournament proceeded.
Céline Gounder, Grant Wahl’s wife, was left in a state of utter shock following his sudden death while covering the World Cup in Qatar on Friday.
She also confirmed the death in a tweet saying: “I am so thankful for the support of my husband soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight. I’m in complete shock,”
Who is Celine Gounder?
Celine Gounder is an American infectious disease physician and the wife of late American journalist, Grant Wahl wife.
Celine Gounder was born in 1977 to a mother from Normandy, France, and a Tamil Indian father.
She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of Washington.
Dr. Gounder was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, and a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
According to her website, Gounder is a Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large for Public Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation and for Kaiser Health News.
The acclaimed medical journalist has also contributed to CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the BBC and was a former advisor on Covid to the Biden Administration.
She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.
She cares for patients on the wards at Bellevue Hospital Center.
From November 9, 2020 to January 20, 2021, Dr. Gounder served on the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
Between 2017 and 2018, Dr. Gounder cared for patients part-time at Indian Health Service and tribal health facilities in the southwest and far northeast of the United States.
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