Second Journalist Dies Suddenly While Covering the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
It has been reported that Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam died suddenly on Saturday while covering the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
“Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam passed away recently,” Qatari news media outlet Gulf Times reported.
“Al- Misslam, a Qatari, died suddenly while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We believe in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him, and send our deepest condolences to his family. We are all Allah’s and to Him we return,” the post concluded.
Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam passed away recently.
Al- Misslam, a Qatari, died suddenly while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We believe in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him, and send our deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/M1ZyoBJWkW
— Gulf-Times (@GulfTimes_QATAR) December 10, 2022
The cause of Khalid Al-Misslam’s death has not yet been revealed.
According to Express, Al Kass TV barely mentioned their photojournalist’s death on their live show, and it seems they are waiting for more information before issuing a statement.
Khalid al-Misslam is the second journalist to have died while covering the 2022 World Cup.
On Friday, longtime U.S. soccer journalist Grant Wahl died in Doha, Qatar on Friday while covering the World Cup for CBS Sports, his wife confirmed.
According to reports, the 48-year-old soccer analyst suddenly collapsed at Lusail Iconic Stadium while covering Argentina’s quarterfinal win over the Netherlands and was taken to a local hospital.
“I am so thankful for the support of my husband Grant Wahl’s soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight,” his wife, Dr. Céline Gounder, who is also a CBS contributor.
“I’m in complete shock,” she continued.
The U.S. Soccer Team also released an official statement following the news of Wahl’s sudden death.
U.S. Soccer Statement On The Passing Of Grant Wahl: pic.twitter.com/CBp1mCK1mQ
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) December 10, 2022
According to Wahl’s agent, Tim Scanlan, the journalist “appeared to have suffered some sort of acute distress in the press room” of the stadium during the quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands.
Rafa Cores of Hispanic Impre Media stated that he was just sitting next to Wahl when the incident happened.
“I’m in shock. I was sitting next to him tonight. He was working on his story on his laptop, it was about 4 minutes before the end of the extra time. He was laughing at a joke we saw on Twitter only minutes earlier. I can’t believe it. My deepest condolences to Grant Wahl’s family,” he wrote.
Qatari officials said in a statement that Wahl “received immediate medical treatment on site, which continued as he was transferred by ambulance to Hamad General Hospital.”
A cause of death has not been released publicly.
Wahl posted a photo in April showing he had already received his Covid vaccine.
Thrilled to get my 1st Pfizer Covid vaccine dose. Science! pic.twitter.com/6SaHitpK5n
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) April 7, 2021
Wahl also said he was boosted.
Pretty simple. I’m vaxxed and boosted. Realize if I get Covid it likely won’t be serious. But I have zero desire to get sidelined for 5-10 days from the work that I’m currently doing.
— Subscribe to GrantWahl.com (@GrantWahl) February 2, 2022
Wahl’s brother, Eric, claimed that his brother was killed.
“I’m gay. I’m the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup,” Eric Wahl said in the post. “My brother was healthy. He told me he received death threats.”
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