The singer’s fan passed away.
According to a statement released by the show’s organizers in Brazil, the event took place in Rio de Janeiro on Friday evening.
Although the reason for Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s death has not been disclosed, it was reported by the media that fans were not allowed to bring water into the stadium despite the high temperatures. The city’s mayor has requested for changes to be made before Swift’s last two performances.
Swift shared on her Instagram stories following the news of the fan’s passing, expressing that her heart is broken and she is consumed with sorrow whenever she tries to discuss it.
The Nilton Santos Olympic stadium experienced a heat wave this week in Rio and the rest of Brazil, with temperatures reaching record-breaking levels. Despite the dangerous conditions, fans had to wait in long lines under the scorching sun for several hours.
The Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, announced on X that the ministry will enforce “emergency regulations” for providing water at concerts and other public gatherings.
According to a report from the online news site G1, a friend of Benevides who was also at the concert claimed that Benevides fainted during the beginning of the performance, specifically during Taylor Swift’s second song, “Cruel Summer.”
A picture of the pair depicts them in Taylor Swift T-shirts while inside the stadium.
“We made a promise to ourselves that when (Taylor Swift) visited Brazil, we would make sure to attend. Although the ticket was costly, we managed to find a solution,” she shared with G1 in the wake of her friend’s passing.
On X, Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes expressed his disapproval of the “tragic death of a young woman.”
The authorities are currently looking into the details of the death. Paes stated that the municipality will request the show’s production company to add additional water distribution points, increase the number of brigades and ambulances, and move the show’s start time one hour earlier.
There are two additional performances of Swift’s show in Rio on Saturday and Sunday.
She stated that she never expected this to happen when we chose to bring this tour to Brazil.