Taylor Swift expressed deep sadness after learning that a fan had passed away before her concert in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
The organizers of the event, Time4Fun, released a statement on Saturday stating that paramedics provided medical attention to 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado at the show. She was then transported to a hospital, where she passed away an hour later.
The vocalist shared a post on Instagram prior to her initial performance in the Brazilian city for the Eras world tour.
She expressed being “overwhelmed with sorrow” and stated that she would not be addressing the death during her performance that night.
Swift, 33, said: “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.
“I have very limited information, except for the fact that she was extremely beautiful and too young.”
She expressed her sympathy for the family and friends of the fan, stating that it was the unexpected outcome of bringing the tour to Brazil.
According to Fohla de S Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper, a fan fainted and experienced a cardiac arrest during the show.
Attendees of the concert complained about oppressive heat at Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, the venue for the event.
Swift briefly stopped the concert to provide water to fans. Later, she could be seen tossing a bottle of water to fans in the audience while singing.
They were heard repeatedly chanting “water” over and over.
On X, Flávio Dino, the justice minister of Brazil, announced that the ministry would be enacting “emergency regulations” for water access during concerts and other public gatherings.
On X, Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, stated that the death of a young woman is completely unacceptable.
While the authorities are looking into the details surrounding the death, Paes stated that the local government will require the production company of the show to supply additional water distribution points, more firefighting teams and medical vehicles, and an earlier admission time to the event.
Following her performance in Rio de Janeiro, renowned artist Swift will be holding two concerts in São Paulo, marking the final stop on her highly successful two-year global tour.
In June 2024, she plans to visit the UK and perform a total of seven shows. She will have three shows in Edinburgh, three in Liverpool, and one in Cardiff before concluding with three shows in London. The rock band Paramore will be her supporting act in London.
Afterwards, she will travel to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to perform for three consecutive nights.
Swift is the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music and the highest-grossing female performer ever.