The cause of death for 23-year-old Brazilian Taylor Swift fan, Ana Clara Benevides, who attended the singer’s Eras Tour in Rio de Janeiro, has been revealed, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding her tragic demise.
Ana Clara Benevides fainted during Taylor Swift’s concert on November 17, amid a severe heatwave in Brazil, where temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit).
Following her collapse during the second song of the performance, she was swiftly transported to a local hospital, where she tragically passed away hours later.
According to the forensic report from Rio’s Forensic Medical Institute, Benevides’ exposure to the extreme temperatures significantly compromised her lungs, leading to cardiorespiratory arrest and sudden death.
The report clarifies that there were no preexisting conditions or substance abuse factors contributing to her untimely demise.
Reports indicate that fans had queued for hours outside Nilton Santos Stadium before the show, with allegations that organizers failed to provide sufficient water supplies for the over 60,000 attendees.
Fans claimed they were not allowed to bring their water bottles into the venue.
The concert’s organizers, T4F, released a statement asserting that they “followed the best practices” and adhered to “every demand from authorities.” They stated that they distributed “thousands” of water bottles to attendees and refuted claims that fans were prohibited from bringing their own water.
In response to the tragic incident, Rio’s public prosecutor has initiated a criminal investigation. Organizers will be summoned to testify once the forensic report undergoes thorough analysis.
Swift, deeply affected by the loss of a fan, expressed her sorrow in a social media statement, stating, “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.”
During Swift’s subsequent concert in Rio de Janeiro on November 19, she paid tribute to Ana Clara Benevides by performing “Bigger Than The Whole Sky” from her album Midnights.