Taylor Swift says she is “devastated” after the death of a fan shortly before her first Eras Tour concert at Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro. How did Taylor Swift’s fan die in Brazil? Here’s everything we know so far.
In a handwritten statement shared via her Instagram story, the 33-year-old singer penned, “I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it is with shattered heart that I say we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show. I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this. There’s very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.”
Swift added that she would not be able to speak about this on stage because she gets “overwhelmed by grief” when she tries to talk about it. She continued, “I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
How did Taylor Swift’s fan die in Brazil?
How did Taylor Swift’s fan die in Brazil? According to People, one of the event organizers Time for Fun posted on X that the fan who passed was 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado. Written in Portuguese, the post claims that Machado didn’t feel well at the venue and was attended to by first responders on site. She was then transferred to Salgado Filho Hospital, where she died.
The cause of the fan’s death at this moment is not clear, but on the day of the show, Rio was reportedly experiencing a heat wave and recorded its highest heat index (which combines temperature and humidity) at 59.3 degrees Celsius, per Reuters.
During the concert, fans recorded Swift halting her performance to ask that water be brought to fans who needed it. “There’s people that need water, right here,” the singer said while pointing at a section of the crowd who had their arms raised. “So whoever is in charge of giving them that, please come and make sure that that happens.”
According to the Associated Press, several local media reported that water bottles were not allowed inside the stadium. Following the incident, Justice Minister Flávio Dino wrote on X that the ministry will adopt emergency rules regarding access to water at shows and other public events.
“Sorry, it’s just it’s very hot, so if somebody says they need water when it’s this hot, they really need it,” Swift also said from the stage captured in this video.
“We don’t need to chant, it’s totally fine. But, we just need to get water to them,” Swift told the audience. In another clip, she appeared to toss a water bottle into the crowd for a fan.
Thiago Fernandes, a friend of Ana, posted a tribute to her on Instagram on Friday. “I just can’t believe your [sic] gone I can’t accept that. We talked about this show so many times, and how I wish I was with you,” he originally wrote in Portuguese.
The superstar kicked off her International Eras Tour leg in South America last week in Buenos Aires. Swift arrived in Sao Paulo on Thursday and was welcomed by a personalized projection on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue ahead of this weekend’s shows.
“I just want to start off by saying that I feel completely unworthy of this honor, but it is sort of the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me,” Swift said of the projection while on stage last night. “And I say that because I heard that part of why this was able to happen is because so many of you donated food and water and that makes me so incredibly proud. I’m so proud of you. Thank you so much for everything that you do, including showing up tonight and being so nice to us!”