Taylor Swift said she was “overwhelmed by grief” after a 23-year-old fan died ahead of her “Eras Tour” concert in Brazil Friday night.
The “Anti-Hero” hitmaker, 33, revealed the tragedy and mourned her fan’s de*ath after she performed the first of three nights at Rio de Janeiro’s Estádio Nilton Santos.
The 12-time Grammy winner wrote on her Instagram Story, “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.”
“This breaks my heart so badly I can’t even tell you. What little information I have leaves me with the fact that she was so very pretty and way too young.
The fan was identified as Ana Clara Benevides, 23.
The news source said that Benevides was sitting near the stage railing and had a heart attack after passing out from the extreme heat.
Thiago Fernandes, 22, a friend of the concertgoer, said that Benevides was revived for 40 minutes but had another heart attack on the way to a nearby hospital.
When Swift goes on stage Saturday night, she said she won’t talk about the sad news because she is “overwhelmed by grief when I even try to talk about it.”
She then said, “I feel this loss very deeply, and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends.” It’s the last thing I thought would happen when we chose to take this tour to Brazil.
The news comes just hours after Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the country reached 100 degrees, which is why the singer made sure her fans had water during her three-hour performance.
Swift stopped her show several times on Friday night to ask security to give water bottles to fans who were having a hard time because it was too hot.
Swift can be seen waving down staff members in a social media video while fans chant “Water, water, water.”
In one clip, she says, “There are people who need water right here, maybe 30, 35, or 40 feet back.” Please make sure that whoever is in charge of giving them that does it. Could you let me know if you know where they are?”
The “End Game” hitmaker, who is currently on the second leg of her global sold-out tour, is set to take to the stage again in Rio on Saturday and Sunday night.
Her next stop is São Paulo, Brazil, which marks her final stint of the 2023 tour leg before she takes a break for the holidays and resumes in Feb. 2024.