Taylor Swift has penned an emotional tribute to a young female fan, who died before her Eras show in Rio de Janeiro on Friday evening.
On her Instagram account, the solo superstar wrote of her devastation about the loss of the 23-year-old woman – named as Ana Clara Benevides in international media – who was reported to have fainted in the front row of the Estadio Nilton Santos Stadium, while waiting for the show to begin.
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Immediately after the concert, Swift posted:
“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. 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.
“I’m not going to be able to speak about this from the stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief when I even try 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. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
International media reports that Benevides died after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated in the stadium but suffered a second arrest on her way to hospital.
The concert took place in great heat, and fans had earlier complained on social media about not being allowed to take water bottles in with them to the concert. Swift was filmed in the course of the evening asking that water be given to the crowd, and at one point was filmed throwing a water bottle from the stage.
She will perform two more in Rio this weekend, with a reported 120,000 fans expected to attend across both nights.
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