Taylor Swift expressed her devastation upon learning that a fan had passed away just before her performance in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
T4F (Time for Fun), the organizer of the show, released a statement yesterday stating that paramedics responded to 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado at the concert venue. She was then transported to a hospital and passed away an hour later.
Before her Eras world tour, the performer shared a post on Instagram ahead of her first show in Brazil, which was one of three concerts in the city.
She expressed being “overwhelmed with sorrow” and stated that she would not be discussing the death during her performance that night.
“Sadly, I am writing to inform you that we lost a fan before my show tonight. I am absolutely devastated by this news and my heart is shattered.”
“I have minimal information, except for the fact that she was exceptionally attractive and much too young.”
Swift expressed her condolences to the fan’s loved ones and shared that she never expected this tragic event to occur when planning the tour in Brazil.
According to the Brazilian newspaper Fohla de S Paulo, a fan experienced a collapse and cardiac arrest during the concert. Attendees of the event at Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos had mentioned extremely hot conditions.
During the performance, Swift briefly stopped to distribute water to her fans. Later on, she was spotted tossing a bottle of water to the audience while singing. The crowd had previously been heard chanting for water.
On X, Flávio Dino, Brazil’s minister of justice, announced that the ministry will be enforcing “emergency regulations” for water accessibility at concerts and other public gatherings.
Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, expressed on X that the death of a young woman is completely unacceptable.
While the death is being investigated by authorities, Paes stated that the municipality will request the show’s production company to add additional water distribution areas and ambulances, as well as advance the entry time by one hour.
Following her performance in Rio de Janeiro, Swift, a highly successful musician, will have three concerts in São Paulo. This will mark the final show of her two-year global tour for the year.
The UK portion of the tour for Swift will kick off in June 2024. She will perform three times in Edinburgh, three times in Liverpool, and once in Cardiff. The tour will then culminate in a series of concerts at Wembley stadium in London, concluding in August.