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Another journalist has “died suddenly” while covering World Cup soccer in Doha, Qatar according to reports.

Khalid al-Misslam, a Qatari photojournalist, was covering the World Cup for local sports outlet Al Klass TV when he died on Saturday, the Gulf Times reported.

The photographer is the second “sudden death” of a journalist in Qatar after American reporter Grant Wahl died of a heart attack while covering the World Cup.

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Wahl, 48, collapsed and died while typing on his laptop in the media room at Lusail Stadium on Friday, Dec. 9.

On Dec. 1, Wahl complained of a cold that advanced to bronchitis. He was prescribed antibiotics and given “some heavy-duty cough syrup.”

According to, Wahl had complained about a wet cough that he described as a “death rattle” the day before he died.

“What had been a cold turned into something more severe,” he wrote in a post on on Dec. 5.

Wahl said he visited a clinic in the media center where he was told he probably had bronchitis.

“I didn’t have Covid (I test regularly here), but I went into the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno.”

His agent, Tim Scanlan, told the New York Times that Wahl experienced “acute distress” in the media center in the final minutes of the soccer match.

In an Instagram video, Wahl’s distraught brother, Eric, said through tears that he believed Wahl was murdered for being an LGBT+ ally.

Wahl had been briefly detained before the United States’ opener against Wales for wearing a pro-LGBT+ rainbow flag shirt, according to He was eventually allowed into the stadium.

Eric, who is openly gay, said his brother wore the shirt to show support for the LGBT+ community. “I am the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the world cup. I do not believe my brother just died, I believe he was killed,” he cried.

Wahl was a staunch supporter of the COVID mRNA vaccines. He proudly displayed proof of his first vaccine in a tweet dated April 7, 2021.

Wahl was married to Dr. Celine Gounder, a pro-vaccine advocate who recently called on Facebook, Twitter, and Google to “deplatform” media outlets and public citizens who spread “anti-vaccine disinformation” online.