Did Grant Wahl Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

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Did renown American sports writer Grant Wahl die suddenly from COVID-19 vaccine SADS?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-12-16 : Added Grant Wahl’s real cause of death.
Updated @ 2022-12-12 : Added more details about Grant Wahl’s sudden death.
Originally posted @ 2022-12-10


Claim : Grant Wahl Died Suddenly From Vaccine SADS!

Right after news broke that Grant Wahl died suddenly while covering World Cup 2022 in Qatar, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the renown American sports writer died from COVID-19 vaccine sudden adult death syndrome (SADS)!

Here are some examples on social media:

All these rumors flying around about Grant Wahl. Might as well add this one. Grant was vaccinated and many people who were considered healthy have “died suddenly” since that vaccine was forced on people.

Grant Wahl was a big/vocal proponent of COVID vaccines. It’s all over his timeline. Another 💉💉💉💉SADs? RIP Grant

Soccer Journalist Grant Wahl dead at 48. His wife Celine Gounder is an epidemiologist, medical journalist & infectious disease physician. Grant was outspoken about the vaccine & even shared his vaccination status online. #StoptheShots #SuddenDeath #VaccineDeath #PfizerGate

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Did Grant Wahl Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!


No Evidence Grant Wahl Died Suddenly From Vaccine SADS!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Grant Wahl Had Acute Distress Before Collapsing

Grant Wahl (born December 8, 1974) was covering the quarterfinal match between Argentina and the Netherlands with other journalists on Friday, December 9, 2022, when he suddenly fell back in his seat during extra time.

Univision journalist, Rafael Cores, who was seated next to him, wrote that Grant was working on his laptop just before he suddenly collapsed.

I’m in shock. I was sitting next to him tonight. He was working on his story on his laptop, it was about 4 minutes before the end of the extra time. He was laughing at a joke we saw on Twitter only minutes earlier. I can’t believe it. My deepest condolences to @GrantWahl’s family

The journalists around him quickly removed chairs and called for medical assistance. A team of medics and a journalist with CPR training administered CPR and cardiac massage on Wahl for about 20 minutes.

Shockingly, the billion-dollar Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar did not have a single defibrillator available, and they were not able to resuscitate Wahl, who was later taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead – a day after his 48th birthday.

Tom Glancy, a special correspondent for Britain’s Sunday Times, was also seated next to Grant Wahl, and he tore into Qatari officials over Wahl’s death:

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.

Why wasn’t there a defibrillator? That was the question we kept asking each other, 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?

Many minutes passed, and we kept expecting it to come. But it never did.

Fact #2 : Grant Wahl Was Sick Days Earlier

A day before he died, Grant Wahl spoke on his podcast – Futbol with Grant Wahl – how he was feeling sick, after weeks of little sleep and high stress.

What he thought was a common cold became severe on December 3, when he started experiencing chest pain.

He tested negative for COVID-19 and sought medical help, but was told that he probably had a case of bronchitis and was given antibiotics and cough syrup.

My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you.

What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort.

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.

Fact #3 : Grant Wahl’s Cause Of Death Was Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm

On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, Grant Wahl’s wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, revealed his cause of death.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Grant Wahl, and determined that he died from “the rupture of a slowly growing, undetected ascending aortic aneurysm with hemoperricardium“.

As Dr. Celine Gounder noted, there was nothing “nefarious” about his death, and it had nothing to do with COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines.

The chest pressure he experienced shortly before his death may have represented the initial symptoms. No amount of CPR or shocks would have saved him.

His death was unrelated to COVID. His death was unrelated to vaccination status. There was nothing nefarious about his death.

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Did Grant Wahl Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

Fact #4 : Grant Wahl Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Grant Wahl was vaccinated against COVID-19, receiving his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on April 7, 2021. He announced that he was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, on May 12, 2021.

Wahl appeared to suffer no ill effects from the vaccinations, announcing, “Thrilled to get my 1st Pfizer Covid vaccine dose. Science!” and then “Fully vaxxed. LFG“.

Anti-vaccination activists like to blame myocarditis – a known rare side effect of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but that generally affects teenagers and young adults in their early 20s.

Also, if Wahl had myocarditis, he would have had symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, and would not be able to endure the gruelling job of covering Qatar World Cup 2022 as a journalist!

In any case, Grant Wahl did not suffer from myocarditis, but had an aortic aneurysm that ruptured! So his death had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #5 : His Wife Served On The Biden COVID-19 Taskforce

Grant Wahl’s wife is Dr. Celine R. Grounder, a infectious disease expert who worked in the Biden administration’s COVID-19 Taskforce.

On Friday, December 9, 2022, she tweeted that she was grateful for the support shown to her, but was in complete shock.

I am so thankful for the support of my husband @GrantWahl’s soccer family & of so many friends who’ve reached out tonight.

I’m in complete shock.

I should point out that if the COVID-19 vaccines were dangerous in any way, Dr. Grounder would be aware, and would not have allowed her husband to be vaccinated.

While anti-vaccination activists are mocking both Wahl and Dr. Grounder, the very fact that he was fully-vaccinated shows that they walked the talk, not like some anti-vaccination activists who turn out to be fully-vaccinated.

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Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s a heart attack, SADS or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will die from other causes of death.

It is therefore ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame all deaths of fully-vaccinated people on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Fact #7 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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