Taylor Swift fan dies before show in Brazil, superstar says

Taylor Swift fan dies before show in Brazil, superstar says

Taylor Swift postponed her Saturday-night concert in Rio de Janeiro due to extreme temperatures and one day after a fan died at her first “Eras Tour” show in the city.

Swift was scheduled to do two more shows in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s concert has been rescheduled to Monday, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said on X.

“The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow performers, and crew has to and always will come first,” Swift wrote on Instagram Saturday.

A 23-year-old fan died at Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert in Rio on Friday night, according to a statement from the show’s organizers in Brazil.

Swift said in a post on Instagram early Saturday ET that she was devastated by the death.

“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. “There’s very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.”

Time4Fun, the organizer of the concert, identified the fan as Ana Clara Benevides Machado.

“Last night, Ana Clara felt unwell and was promptly attended to by the team of firefighters and paramedics, being taken to the medical center at the Nilton Santos Stadium for first aid protocol,” the organizer said in a statement posted to Instagram. “Given the situation, the medical team chose to transfer her to Salgado Filho Hospital, where, after almost an hour of emergency care, she unfortunately died. To the family and friends of Ana Clara Benevides Machado, our sincere condolences.”

The cause of death has not been announced.

“I’m not going to be able to speak about this from stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief when I even try to talk about it,” Swift wrote in the Saturday Instagram post. “I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends.”

Taylor Swift guitar and sings onstage
Taylor Swift performs onstage during “the Eras tour” in Rio de Janeiro, on Nov. 17, 2023.Buda Mendes / TAS23 / Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

Paes, the mayor, said on the social media site X that the “loss of a young woman’s life … is unacceptable.”

“Obviously, we are still finding out more details about the circumstances of what happened,” Paes said. “In any case, I have already ordered the municipality’s Executive Chief of Operations to demand action with the production of the show.”

While authorities are investigating the exact circumstances of the death, Paes wrote, the municipality will demand Saturday that the show’s production company provide new water distribution points, more brigades and ambulances and advance entrance to the show by one hour.

Videos on social media from the performance showed Swift saying people needed water, and at one point she threw a bottle of water to someone in the crowd.

Brazil’s meteorological service showed a large swath of the country under a red-colored heat alert, including Rio. The forecast for Saturday was a high of 96 degrees Fahrenheit with 64% humidity, according to The Weather Channel.

It is unclear if Swift’s current show in Rio on Sunday will be rescheduled because of weather concerns. After Rio, Swift is scheduled to perform three shows in São Paulo beginning Nov. 24.

Phil Helsel

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

Joe Kottke

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