Taylor Swift says she’s ‘overwhelmed with grief’ after fan dies while attending Brazil Eras Tour show

Taylor Swift said she was “overwhelmed with grief” after a fan died shortly before her Brazil Eras Tour show began in sweltering temperatures.

“I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it is with a broken heart that I say we lost a fan earlier tonight, before my show,” she wrote in a letter shared on her Instagram Stories early Saturday morning.

“I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this.”

The “Bad Blood” singer, 33, said she had “very little information” about the fan’s death “other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and way too young.”

“I’m not going to be able to talk about it from the stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief whenever I try to talk about it,” she added.

“I want to say now that I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to his family and friends. This is the last thing I thought would happen when we decided to do this tour in Brazil,” Swift concluded.

The fan – who has been identified as Ana Clara Benevides – detailed the moments leading up to her tragic death on social media on Friday.

Taylor Swift wrote a letter after a fan died while attending her Brazil Eras tour concert.
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“I want to say now that I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to his family and friends. This is the last thing I would have thought would happen when we decided to do this tour in Brazil,” she wrote.
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The spectator waited hours to enter Rio de Janeiro’s Nilton Santos stadium as temperatures continued to rise.

In a video, Benevides, 23, showed it was 35°C, or about 95°F, outside the stadium.


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The fan – who has been identified as Ana Clara Benevides – detailed the moments leading up to her tragic death on social media on Friday.
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In a video, the 23-year-old showed it was 35°C, or around 95°F, outside the stadium.
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According to the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, the young woman “fainted” while she was in the front row. She was “resuscitated at the stadium for approximately 40 minutes” and suffered a second cardiac arrest on the way to hospital.

Benevides reportedly died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

The newspaper reported that the heat index at the site “reached 60°C” or 140°F and firefighters reportedly “counted a thousand fainting people during the event.”

Benevides reportedly pa*sed out and suffered cardiac arrest.
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Fans complained on social media that they were not allowed to bring bottled water into the stadium.

In several videos shared on social media, Swift stopped her show several times to ask for water on behalf of her fans, who were chanting for water at one point.

The sports department of the Federal University of Rondonópolis, where Benevides studied psychology and was director, paid tribute to him online.

The “Bad Blood” singer stopped her show several times to give her fans water.
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Swift has two more concerts at the Estádio Nilton Santos stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
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“Our sincere condolences to family and friends during this difficult time. May they find comfort in the memories and love she left behind,” the message read.

Swift has two more concerts at the Estádio Nilton Santos stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that additional staff, additional ambulances and new water distribution points will be added to the next two shows.

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