In a heartbreaking incident on Friday night, 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado, a devoted Taylor Swift fan, lost her life during the singer’s Eras Tour concert in Rio de Janeiro.
The cause of her death remains unknown, prompting a criminal investigation by the office of Rio’s public prosecutor.
Prior to the show, Benevides shared a video on Instagram, expressing her excitement while waiting in line wearing a Taylor Swift T-shirt.
Thousands of fans endured hours in the scorching sun before entering the stadium, where complaints arose about the lack of water accessibility.
Benevides collapsed during Swift’s performance of “Cruel Summer,” according to her friend Daniele Menin, who attended the concert with her.
Despite paramedics’ efforts, Benevides passed away an hour later, leading to an outpouring of grief from Taylor Swift and concertgoers.
Fans raised concerns about the extreme heat inside the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, where temperatures soared to 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Reports of inadequate water provisions and distress among attendees prompted federal authorities to announce free water availability at future concerts.
The tragic incident has prompted Justice Minister Flávio Dino to implement “emergency rules,” allowing personal water bottles at events and mandating show producers to provide easily accessible drinking water.
As Rio prepares for Swift’s remaining shows, state prosecutors emphasize the need for increased safety measures.
Amidst the sorrow, Taylor Swift, in a handwritten note, expressed her shattered heart and deep condolences for Benevides’ family and friends.
As investigations unfold, the municipality demands additional safety measures to prevent such tragedies in the future.