World cup reporter dead days after being detained in Qatar

Grant Wahl was arrested for wearing a pride Lgbtq t-shirt

CBS Sports journalist Grant Wahl has passed away.

According to a report by his brother, the 49-year-old died while covering the World Cup.

Grant's brother Eric Wahl believes foul play was involved, as he claims the reporter was receiving death threats over wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ+ community. while in Qatar.

"I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed." Eric said in an emotional video posted on his Instagram page.

However, Grant had stated on a podcast a day before his passing that he had contracted bronchitis while covering the World Cup which forced him to take several days off from reporting.

He added that he had visited the medical clinic several times due to being under the weather adding that he'd been feeling better.

Speaking after learning the news of Wahl's death NBA sports star Lebron James idolized the reporter as an amazing person after his Lakers game.

Wahl wrote Lebron's first Sports Illustrated cover story back when the superstar was still in high school at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

"First of all, my condolences go out to his family," James said after the Laker game.

He went on to add, "very fond of Grant and having that camera shoot, me being a teenager and him covering that, it was a pretty cool thing, and he was always pretty cool to be around. It's a tragic loss.

It's unfortunate to lose someone as great as he was. I wish his family the best and may he rest in paradise."

Grant Wahl's wife, Celine, released a statement on his passing saying, "I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl's soccer family & of so many friends who've reached out tonight."

Before collapsing at the stadium Grant was live tweeting Argentina vs. Netherlands game with his last post coming at 1:05 PM PT.

His wife revealed he collapsed at the stadium and was given CPR before being Ubered to a hospital, where he died.

Wahl was detained after World Cup security on Nov. 21 picked him up for showing up at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Qatar for the United States' first tournament game against Wales where he wore a shirt with a soccer ball and a rainbow pattern.

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