A 23-year-old fan felt bad during Taylor Swift’s concert in Rio de Janeiro. She was taken to hospital, but her life could not be saved. The singer commented on the situation on social media. “I feel sad when I even try to talk about it,” she wrote. The Minister of Justice ordered the initiation of proceedings regarding the lack of access to water for the public.
Ana Clara Benevides, 23, died on Friday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling unwell during a Taylor Swift concert. The concert took place in the northern part of the city, away from the beaches, where less extreme conditions prevail. Brazil has been struggling with a record heat wave in recent days.
The event took place at the Estádio Nilton Santos stadium and was attended by approximately 60,000 people. According to the organizer of the event, medical staff immediately took care of the 23-year-old woman, who was then taken to a medical point and later to a hospital, where she died.
A concert during record heatwaves
The concert took place on the same day that Rio recorded the highest perceived temperature in the city’s history, reaching 59.3 degrees Celsius.
Taylor Swift, who has planned six concerts in Brazil as part of The Eras Tour, commented on the situation on social media. She expressed her sadness and offered condolences to the family and friends of the deceased woman. “I won’t be able to talk about it from the stage because it makes me sad when I even try to talk about it,” she wrote on Instagram. “This is the last thing I thought would happen when we decided to organize this tour in Brazil,” she added.
Swift said Benevides died “before her show,” but Benevides’ friends told local media that she felt sick after the concert started.
Water shortage investigation
Justice Minister Flavio Dino on Saturday called for an investigation after unconfirmed reports of a lack of drinking water for spectators at the stadium.
“The Consumer Protection Code requires that services are safe and health-friendly. It is unacceptable for people to suffer, faint or even die due to lack of access to water,” wrote the minister on the X platform (formerly Twitter).
National Consumer Affairs Secretary Wadih Damous wrote in a post on X that the government has ordered Swift’s tour organizers to provide access to water at all of the singer’s concerts in Brazil.
Videos from the concert posted on social media show that several fans felt unwell during the performance, prompting Taylor Swift to interrupt the performance and demand that the production team provide water to the group in need.
The artist will perform in Rio on Saturday and Sunday. She will then perform in São Paulo from November 24-26.
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