Taylor Swift is mourning a fan who died during the Eras Tour’s latest stop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it is with a shattered heart that I say we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show,” Swift wrote in a handwritten statement shared to her Instagram Story. “I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this. There’s very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.” Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported that 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides fainted and was revived at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos concert venue, and was then taken to a hospital where she ultimately died of cardiorespiratory arrest. Her death was confirmed to Folha by Benevides’s cousin, Estela Benevides. It’s unclear if Benevides got to see Swift take the stage when the show began at around 7:30 p.m. local time.
Swift’s show coincided with a heat wave in Brazil, with Folha reporting that the “feels-like” temperature on site was 140°F. Firefighters unofficially recorded one thousand people fainting at the show, according to Folha. Some fans have taken to social media to claim that the venue did not allow concertgoers to bring water bottles inside, despite the extreme temperature. Fan-taken footage shows that Swift paused the show to point out that fans needed water, and at one point was seen throwing a water bottle herself into the audience.
In her Instagram Story statement, Swift said she will not be able to speak about her fan’s death on stage because she feels “overwhelmed by grief” when she tries to talk about it. “I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends,” Swift said. “This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”