A well-known American football journalist named Grant Wahl passed away while covering the World Cup in Qatar.

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In the game between Argentina and the Netherlands on Friday night, Wahl, 48, passed out as extra time started.

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He may have had a heart attack, according to early reports, but this has not yet been verified.

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Wahl was briefly held by Qatari authorities last month when he attempted to enter a stadium while wearing a rainbow-colored jersey.

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In a tweet, Wahl's wife expressed her shock and gratitude for the support of her friends, writing that she was in "total shock."

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On Thursday, the day before his demise, Mr. Wahl had a party with friends in Qatar to mark his 48th birthday.

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He disclosed that he had been ill for the previous 10 days and was taking an antibiotic regimen for what was likely bronchitis.

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Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, remarked that everyone who followed the international game would miss Wahl's passion for the game.

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