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Taylor Swift pays tribute to a fan who died during the latest stop of her Eras Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it’s with a broken heart that we lost a fan tonight before my show,” Swift wrote in a handwritten statement shared on her Instagram Story. “I cannot tell you how devastated I am by this. I have very little information except that she was very beautiful and very young. Brazil’s daily newspaper Folha D S. Paulo reported 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides fainted and was resuscitated at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos concert hall, then taken to hospital, where she eventually died of cardiorespiratory arrest. Her death was confirmed sheet By Estela Benewitz, a cousin of Benewitz. It’s not clear if Benowitz saw Swift take the stage when the show started around 7:30 p.m. local time.
Swift’s performance coincided with a heat wave in Brazil sheet The site reports a “feels like” temperature of 140°F. Firefighters unofficially recorded a thousand fainting spells at the event sheet. Some fans have taken to social media to say that despite the extreme temperatures, the venue did not allow concert-goers to bring water bottles inside. The fan took off scenes Swift paused the show to indicate fans needed water, and at one point threw a water bottle into the audience.
In her Instagram Story statement, Swift said she couldn’t talk about her fan’s death on stage because she felt “overwhelmed with grief” trying to talk about it. “Now I want to say that I feel this loss deeply, and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends,” Swift said. “This is the last thing I thought about when I decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
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