Things go sour for Taylor Swift at her Eras Tour concert in Rio de Janeiro as 23-year-old fan, Ana Clara Benevides Machado loses life.
The cause of her death remains undisclosed, prompting a criminal investigation by the Rio public prosecutor’s office, which is currently examining Benevides’ body.
Before the concert commenced, Benevides, a passionate Taylor Swift fan, shared moments on Instagram, donning a Swift T-shirt while waiting in line under the scorching sun with thousands of other fans.
Reports revealed the arduous wait in soaring temperatures, with Benevides expressing her arrival at 11 a.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show, enduring the challenging conditions outside the stadium.
Tragically, as Swift performed her song “Cruel Summer,” Benevides reportedly fainted, with her friend Daniele Menin recalling the distressing moment. Menin shared their shared dream of attending Swift’s concert in Brazil and expressed the shock over Benevides’ sudden passing.
The news of this young woman’s untimely death prompted an outpouring of grief, with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes expressing deep sorrow and labeling the loss as unacceptable.
Taylor Swift herself shared a heartfelt note on social media, expressing her shattered heart over the incident and acknowledging the beauty and youth of Benevides.
Concerns arose among concert attendees regarding access to water inside the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium amidst scorching temperatures. Despite the extreme heat, attendees reported restrictions on bringing water bottles into the venue. The apparent temperature in Rio reached a record-breaking 59 degrees Celsius (138 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday, creating sauna-like conditions inside the stadium.
Elizabeth Morin, a recent Rio resident, described the suffocating heat during the concert, recounting her struggle to cope despite drinking water. Reports indicated others in distress, prompting Swift to pause her performance and appeal for water to be provided to those visibly in need.
In response to the tragedy, Justice Minister Flávio Dino announced emergency measures, permitting water bottles at events and mandating show organizers to offer free and easily accessible drinking water.
As investigations into Benevides’ death continue, Swift’s scheduled performances in Rio are under scrutiny by state prosecutors. Rio’s municipality, in response to the incident, demanded enhanced safety measures for the subsequent shows, emphasizing the need for improved water distribution, increased medical support, and an earlier entrance to alleviate risks.
Amidst the grief, Taylor Swift conveyed her profound condolences to the bereaved family and friends, acknowledging the immense loss and expressing her inability to address the tragedy on stage due to overwhelming sorrow.