Taylor Swift is speaking out, saying she is devastated after learning a woman died at her Eras Tour concert in Rio de Janeiro Friday night during an excessive heat warning.
A 23-year-old died during the show, according to the show’s Brazilian organizers.
“I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it’s with a broken heart that I say we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show,” Swift posted in an Instagram message several hours ago after the show. “I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this. There is very little information I have other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and way too young. I won’t be able to talk about it since the scene. because I feel overwhelmed with grief whenever I even try to talk about it. I mean now I feel this loss deeply and my heart goes out to his family and friends. This is the last thing I would have thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.
Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s cause of death has not been announced, but local Brazilian media reported that she suffered cardiac arrest. The city’s mayor demanded changes ahead of Swift’s final two shows, Saturday and Sunday.
Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro said “the loss of a young woman’s life… is unacceptable,” in a post on X, formerly Twitter. He said he ordered the show’s producers to add water distribution points and open access to the show early to allow access to shadows and add ambulances.
There is an excessive heatwave warning in Rio. On Tuesday, the heat index – both temperature and humidity – reached 137 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, the highest index ever recorded there. Today, the temperature is expected to reach 102 and feel like 113, according to Accuweather.
At one point during Friday night’s show in Rio, Swift took a break to make sure fans had water.
“There are people who need water here, maybe 30, 35, 40 feet back,” she said during Evermore’s set, gesturing to part of the crowd on the floor. “So whoever is responsible for giving them that, just make sure it happens.” Can I get a signal that you know where they are? »
During her 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” she threw a bottle at a fan while singing.
Swift suspends Rio show to help fans“There are people who need water,” she said, throwing bottles to the crowd.
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