Another journalist covering the World Cup in Qatar died on Sunday, just hours after American soccer reporter Grant Wahl died.
Qatari Khalid al-Misslam was a photojournalist for Al Kass TV and “died suddenly” while covering the country’s tournament, according to the Gulf-Times.
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“Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam passed away recently,” the Gulf-Times tweeted. “Qatari’s Al-Misslam died unexpectedly while covering FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. We believe in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him and send our deepest condolences to his family.”
The details of his death were unclear. Al Kass TV mentioned al-Misslam’s death once on air.
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His death came just hours after Wahl died while filming the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Wahl fell back to his seat in a section of Lusail Stadium during overtime, and reporters near him called for help.
He talked about his eight World Cups and wrote last Monday that he visited a medical center in Qatar. He gave a negative COVID-19 test and sought treatment for his symptoms.
“My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and a lot of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote on his Substack. – What had been a flu for the past 10 days turned into something more serious the night of the USA vs. Netherlands game and I felt a new level of pressure and discomfort in my upper chest.
“I went to the medical center today at the media center and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and a heavy cough syrup and I was fine in a few hours. later. But still: No bueno.”
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Wahl was arrested early in the tournament for wearing a rainbow T-shirt in support of LGBTQ rights. He was initially refused entry before being arrested and was later allowed into the stadium.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.