In a heart-wrenching turn of events during Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Rio de Janeiro, the pop icon is mourning the loss of a fan who passed away at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos concert venue. The tragic incident unfolded as 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides fainted during the performance, was revived on-site, and later succumbed to cardiorespiratory arrest at a hospital. Swift expressed her devastation on Instagram, remembering Ana Clara as “incredibly beautiful and far too young.”
Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported a heatwave during the concert, with a “feels-like” temperature of 140°F, leading to approximately one thousand people fainting, according to unofficial firefighter records. Fans took to social media, alleging that the venue did not permit water bottles, despite the extreme heat. Swift interrupted her show to address the need for water, even throwing a water bottle into the audience.
🚨| Water bottles being distributed to fans tonight at the show of Taylor Swift’s ‘The Eras Tour’ in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil #RioTSTheErasTour 🇧🇷
— The Eras Tour (@tswifterastour) November 18, 2023
The tragic incident has prompted Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes to implement changes for subsequent shows, including earlier door openings, additional water distribution points, and increased emergency personnel. Time For Fun, the concert organizer, announced free water distribution and allowed sealed water cups, bottles, and food into the venue for the upcoming performances.
Amidst the grief, Swift acknowledged the tragedy on her Instagram Story, stating her inability to speak about it on stage due to overwhelming grief. The Brazilian government, represented by Wadih Damous, head of the consumer protection agency, is set to investigate Time for Fun, calling the decision to restrict water access in extreme heat “insane and irresponsible.” As the investigation unfolds, Swift’s thoughts remain with Ana Clara’s family and friends, expressing that this unexpected loss is the last thing she anticipated when bringing the tour to Brazil.