A SECOND journalist has died suddenly while covering the World Cup, just 48 hours after Grant Wahl passed away.
Qatari photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam, who was working for Al Kass TV, died on Sunday.
“Al-Misslam, a Qatari, died suddenly while covering the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," Gulf Times tweeted.
"We believe in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for him, and send our deepest condolences to his family."
The circumstances surrounding Al-Misslam's death are unclear at this stage.
Wahl, 48, died suddenly from a reported heart attack while reporting on the Netherlands versus Argentina quarter final match in Doha.
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US media seated near him said Wahl fell back in his seat during extra time before other journalists called for assistance.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but he tragically died later on.
The journalist was covering his eighth World Cup, and made headlines earlier in the tournament when he claimed he was refused entry to a game for wearing a rainbow T-shirt.
A number of friends and family have now paid tribute to the well-known US writer – with his brother sharing explosive allegations over the tragic death.
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Eric Wahl posted a video on Instagram on Friday in which he questioned the circumstances surrounding the death.
He wrote: “My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington. I am Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m gay.
"I’m the reason he wore the rainbow shirt to the World Cup. My brother was healthy.
"He told me he received death threats. I do not believe my brother just died. I believe he was killed. And I just beg for any help.”
Eric said his brother's body will be repatriated back to the United States on Monday.
He tweeted that his family would not release a cause of death until an autopsy had been performed in the states.
In his tweet Eric said he had heard there wasn't a defibrillator at the stadium to help his brother but added "it sounds as though it wouldn't have made a difference".
A Qatar organising committee spokesperson said Grant "received immediate emergency medical treatment on site, which continued as he was transferred by ambulance to Hamad General Hospital".
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"We offer our deepest condolences to Grant's family, friends and his many close colleagues in the media," they added.
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