Questions arise after Brazilian fan dies at Taylor Swift concert

 November 20, 2023

One of Taylor Swift's concerts became the scene of tragedy this week when a 23-year-old female fan passed away. 

According to Breitbart, Ana Clara Benevides died in Rio de Janeiro's Nilton Santos Olympic stadium on Friday evening.

Fans reportedly stopped from bringing water

While Benevides' official cause of death has yet to be revealed, there have been reports that the concert's organizers prohibited fans from bringing in water bottles despite an ongoing heatwave.

Eduardo Paes serves as mayor of Rio de Janeiro, and he said on Saturday that "loss of a young woman’s life … is unacceptable."

Further, Breitbart observed how Justice Minister Flávio Dino announced that "emergency rules" have been put in place regarding access to water at public events.

Swift "devastated" by death of fan

Swift addressed the tragedy in a statement, writing, "I can't believe I'm writing these words but it is with a shattered heart that I saw we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show."

"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," Swift lamented.

"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," she declared.

"I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends," the pop singer continued before adding, "This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."

Video shows Swift throwing fan a bottle of water

The website Vulture noted that at one point during her Rio concert was seen pausing the show to point out that people needed water.

What's more, a fan account on the social media platform previously known as Twitter posted a video of the singer throwing a bottle of water to a fan.

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