Taylor Swift‘s Brazil concert promoters are facing a heartbreaking demand from the father of Ana Clara Benevides, the 23-year-old fan who died at the singer’s concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Friday.
Benevides’ father Weiny Machado, 53, told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo he wants the promoters to clarify whether concertgoers were prohibited from bringing water into the show Friday.
‘I want it to be found out whether they were in fact prohibited from bringing water, whether there was negligence in providing assistance,’ Machado told the paper. ‘I lost my only daughter, a happy and intelligent girl.
‘She was about to graduate in psychology next April, saving money. I have no words to express my pain. She left home to fulfill a dream and came back dead.’
Ana’s cousin Estela Benevides told the paper that Ana fainted ahead of her death on Friday while she was in the front row of the Estádio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro amid triple-digit temperatures to see Swift, 33, perform as part of her Eras Tour.
The latest: Taylor Swift’s Brazil concert promoters are facing a heartbreaking demand from the father of Ana Clara Benevides, the 23-year-old fan who died at the singer’s concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Friday. Swift was pictured onstage Friday at Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos
Ana Clara Benevides was the 23-year-old fan who died at the singer’s concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Friday
Ana fainted while she was in the front row for Taylor’s show and was ‘resuscitated at the stadium for about 40 minutes’ before suffering a second cardiac arrest while on the way to a hospital, the paper reported.
Ana died shortly after arriving at a local hospital, with the paper reporting the heat index at the stadium ‘reached 60C’ – 140F – and firefighters reportedly ‘counted a thousand faintings during the event.’
Ana’s cousin Gabriela Benevides told the paper that they are concerned that they ‘will not have the resources’ to have Ana’s body brought back to them.
Fans filled social media with claims they had been prohibited from bringing water bottles into the stadium.
And in multiple fan clips posted online over the weekend, Swift could be seen stopping her show several times to ask for water on behalf of her fans, who were chanting for refreshments at one point.
A clip also showed Swift struggling for breath after performing her hit Bejeweled.
Swift said in her announcement on Instagram Saturday that she was cancelling her second scheduled gig at the stadium.
‘I’m writing this from my dressing room in the stadium,’ Swift said. ‘The decision has been made to postpone tonight’s show due to the extreme temperatures in Rio. The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow performers and crew always has to come first.’
Concertgoers to Saturday’s show, which was postponed amid extreme heat, used umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun
Attendees were seen holding umbrellas as they lined up outside of the stadium Saturday
TikTok user details woman’s death at Taylor Swift show in Brazil
The Grammy-winning artist was pictured onstage at Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos Friday
Hours earlier, Swift – who returned to the stage Sunday – posted another Instagram Story to tell fans she was ‘overwhelmed’ by grief over Ana’s death.
Swift’s cancelation of Saturday’s show was confirmed by Time For Fun, The Mirror reported, as the company said it had enacted a ‘special action plan’ amid soaring temperatures.
‘Given the forecast of an increase in the heat wave in the city, we inform you that we are reinforcing the special action plan carried out for the first day of the show, especially the provision of free water in the queues and at all accesses and entrances to the stadium and inside,’ the company said. ‘In this way, new free water distribution points will be available to the public during the event.
‘Entry into the stadium with sealed glasses of water and sealed processed food will also be permitted, with no limitation on items per person. We clarify that the requirement for items to be sealed follows safety recommendations.’
The company continued: ‘We also emphasize that the prohibition of bottles of water entering stadiums is a requirement made by public bodies and that we do not sell drinks and food, this being the responsibility of the stadium administration.’
The company said it had beefed up resources amid the heavily-attended shows taking place during the sweltering heatwave.
Benevides’ father Weiny Machado told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo, ‘I lost my only daughter, a happy and intelligent girl’
Machado said of his late daughter, ‘She was about to graduate in psychology next April, saving money. I have no words to express my pain. She left home to fulfill a dream and came back dead’
Ana’s cousin Gabriela Benevides told the paper that they are concerned that they ‘will not have the resources’ to have Ana’s body brought back to them
Fan who passed away at Taylor Swift concert sings along to ‘Timeless’
Swift was back on stage at the venue on Sunday evening in Rio de Janeiro
‘The service staff was reinforced,’ the company said. ‘Around 200 extra employees will join the 1,230 professionals who have been working on the event since the beginning, including security guards, fire brigade members, audience advisors and others.
‘Furthermore, the medical care structure was reinforced, totaling eight available medical stations, eight ambulances and eight mobile ICUs.’
has reached out for comment from Swift’s reps in the U.S. and from Swift’s promoter in Brazil, Time For Fun.