23 yearsOne of the singer’s fans died in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night, according to a statement issued by the organizers of the exhibition in Brazil. Swift announced Saturday on Instagram Stories that she was postponing her scheduled concerts until Monday due to extreme temperatures. Swift has two more shows in Rio on Saturday and Sunday.
While Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s cause of death has not been announced, media reported that fans were not allowed to take water into the stadium despite the high temperatures, and the city’s mayor called for changes ahead of Swift’s last two performances.
Swift took to her Instagram Stories after news of a fan’s death, writing that she was “heartbroken” and that she feels “completely sad” even as she tries to talk about it.
“I have little information other than the fact that she was extremely beautiful and very young,” the singer wrote.
The show’s organizers, Time4Fun, said on Instagram that paramedics attended to Benevides after he fell ill. The statement stated that she was taken to the first aid center at the stadium, then to the hospital, where she died an hour later.
Several local media outlets reported that water bottles were not allowed into the houseAlthough Rio and much of Brazil saw record temperatures this week, amid a dangerous and persistent heatwave, fans lined up for several hours in the sun.
The heat index in Brazil this week is above 130 degrees, making it deadly to be outside, even for a short period of time, meteorologist Andrew Kozak told CBS News.
Justice Minister Flavio Dino said on Canal
The G1 news website reported that one of Benevides’ friends, who attended the concert with her, said that her friend lost consciousness at the beginning of the concert, while Swift was performing her second song, “Cruel Summer.”
A photo showed the two friends wearing Taylor Swift shirts inside the stadium.
“We always said that when she (Taylor Swift) comes to Brazil we will find a way to go. The ticket was expensive, but we still found a way,” she told G1 shortly after her friend’s death.
“The loss of a young woman’s life…is unacceptable,” Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Channel X.
While authorities investigate the circumstances of the death, the municipality on Saturday will demand that the show’s production company provide new water distribution points, more brigades and ambulances, and advance the show’s entry time by one hour, Pais wrote.
This is the last thing I “thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil,” she wrote.
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