Grant Wahl’s wife has arranged for an independent autopsy to be conducted on his body in New York City after he suddenly died while covering the World Cup in Qatar, sources told The Post.
Wahl’s wife, Dr. Céline R. Gounder, an infectious disease physician who works at Bellevue Hospital, is having his body brought to a city medical examiner on Monday, sources said.
The late journalist’s brother, Eric, also wrote on Monday in an update: “We are traveling with Grant’s body to the medical examination & autopsy.”
He added: “Thank you to American Airlines for their incredible help. Thank you to the NY Port Authority & the US government. Humbled.”
Wahl’s brother previously raised questions about whether foul play was involved in the death of the prominent soccer journalist, who had been an outspoken critic of the Qatari government.
Wahl, 49, collapsed on Friday while covering the quarter-final game between Argentina and the Netherlands.
Josh Glancy, a correspondent for the Sunday Times, said that a defibrillator – a device that provides an electric shock to the heart – was not available to save him.
“We all turned around to see a man in terrifying distress just behind us, clearly suffering some form of attack or seizure. We bellowed for a medic,” Glancy wrote.
“The medics came quickly. I felt momentarily reassured. Perhaps it was a seizure. Maybe he needed an epipen. But they quickly started administering CPR and the entire press box was gripped with anxiety. CPR is a terrible sign. His heart must have stopped,” Glancy continued.
He recounted that a journalist trained in first aid and a couple of medics took turns performing CPR for “many minutes.”
Glancy said he and the other journalists wondered why there was no defibrillator nearby during the emergency “as the medics pumped and pumped to no avail.
“At this billion dollar state-of-the-art stadium, which has a VIP suite so lavish it includes a bedroom, which will host the World Cup final, why was there no defibrillator to hand?” he wrote.
“Many minutes passed and we kept expecting it to come. But it never did,” he added.
Wahl’s brother, Eric, had also claimed that there was no AED at the stadium, “though it sounds as though it wouldn’t have made a difference, if my understanding of the medical situation is correct.”
But on Monday, he issued a correction on Twitter, writing that “per a US gov official, FIFA is saying AEDs were available at the stadium,” referring to automated external defibrillators.
It was not immediately clear why one was not used on Wahl.
Eric has pleaded online for people to stop circulating rumors that Grant died from a bad reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.
“And please, *please,* stop with the vaccine nonsense. Because that’s what it is: absolute nonsense. And it’s an insult to our family as Grant’s wife is an epidemiologist,” he wrote.
Wahl’s agent, Tim Scanlan, told the New York Times that the journalist had not been sleeping well in the days leading to his death.
On his podcast, “Futbol with Grant Wahl,” shortly before he died, Wahl also noted that he’d been struggling physically after 17 straight days of games.
Wahl’s sudden death came one day after he revealed that he had visited a clinic and was told that what he was fighting was probably bronchitis.
Wahl had made headlines at the tournament when he was initially not allowed into the stadium because he had worn a shirt with a soccer ball surrounded by a rainbow in support of the LGBTQ+ community before the US played Wales.
The Post has reached out to FIFA for comment.