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Taylor Swift’s Rio de Janeiro live performance delayed as a result of ‘excessive climate’ after fan tragedy

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Taylor Swift postponed an Eras Tour live performance in Rio de Janeiro Saturday after a 23-year-old fan died throughout her Friday evening present, in keeping with a message posted on the singer’s Instagram.

“I’m penning this from my dressing room within the stadium. The choice has been made to postpone tonight’s present because of the excessive temperatures in Rio,” the singer mentioned in a handwritten be aware on Instagram. “The security and properly being of my followers, fellow performers, and crew has to and all the time will come first.”

The reason behind demise for Ana Clara Benevides Machado, the younger girl who sought medical consideration at Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium throughout Friday’s present, has not but been introduced. The workplace of Rio’s public prosecutor opened a prison investigation and mentioned Benevides’ physique was being examined.

Benevides’ demise shook many individuals in Brazil. She had taken her first flight ever to journey from the nation’s center-west area to Rio to see her favourite musician. She additionally created a WhatsApp group to maintain her household up to date, sending pictures and movies each step of the best way, relations advised on-line information web site G1.


A firefighter cools off Taylor Swift fans with a hose as they queue outside the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium amid a heat wave in Rio de Janeiro on November 18, 2023.
A firefighter cools off Taylor Swift followers with a hose as they queue exterior the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium amid a warmth wave in Rio de Janeiro on November 18, 2023.
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Fans and politicians reacted to her demise with outrage, speculating it was linked to excessive warmth.

Concertgoers complained they weren’t allowed to take water into the stadium regardless of the stifling climate. As temperatures continued to rise Saturday and with two extra reveals to go on the time, federal authorities introduced that free water would now be made accessible at live shows and different massive occasions.

One of Benevides’ mates, who additionally went to the live performance, advised native shops that they had each been given water whereas ready to enter the stadium.

In a earlier assertion shared on her social media Saturday morning, Swift mentioned she had a “shattered coronary heart.”

“There’s little or no data I’ve apart from the truth that she was so extremely stunning and much too younger,” the singer wrote of the younger girl.

The present’s organizer, Time4Fun, mentioned on Instagram that paramedics attended to Benevides after she reported feeling unwell. She was taken to a first-aid middle after which to a hospital, the place she died an hour later, the assertion from the Brazilian stay leisure firm mentioned.

Fans who attended the Friday present mentioned they weren’t allowed to carry water bottles into the stadium though Rio and most of Brazil have had record-breaking temperatures this week amid a harmful and lasting warmth wave. The daytime excessive in Rio on Friday was 39.1 levels Celsius (102.4 levels Fahrenheit), however it felt a lot hotter.

Apparent temperature — a mix of temperature and humidity — hit 59 C (138 F) Friday morning in Rio, the best index ever recorded there.

Elizabeth Morin, 26, who lately moved to Rio from Los Angeles, described “sauna-like” circumstances contained in the stadium.

“It was extraordinarily scorching. My hair bought so moist from sweat as quickly as I got here in,” she mentioned. “There was some extent at which I needed to examine my respiratory to ensure I wasn’t going to move out.”


Taylor Swift performs onstage on November 17, 2023, in Rio de Janeiro.
Taylor Swift performs onstage on November 17, 2023, in Rio de Janeiro.
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Morin mentioned she drank loads of water however noticed ” quantity of individuals trying distressed” and others “yelling for water.” She mentioned she was in a position to get water from the sidelines of the world she was standing in, however that water was loads tougher to entry from different elements of the stadium, “particularly in case you have been involved about shedding your particular place.”

During the present, Swift paused her efficiency and requested from the stage for water to be dropped at a gaggle of people that had efficiently caught the singer’s consideration, in keeping with Morin.

“They have been holding up their telephones saying ‘We want water,'” she recalled.

Two different concertgoers interviewed by The Associated Press mentioned they witnessed folks feeling unwell from the warmth through the present.

On her solution to Rio, Benevides despatched a video to relations that was broadcast by TV channel Globo News, telling them: “Mom, have a look at the airplane, it is shifting. Mom, I’m on the airplane. My God in heaven! I’m pleased!”

Then earlier than the live performance, she posted a video of herself on Instagram sporting a Taylor Swift T-shirt and friendship bracelets, searching for shade underneath an umbrella whereas ready in line to enter the stadium.

Like her, hundreds of followers waited hours within the solar earlier than being allowed inside.

She advised her followers whereas fanning her face that she’d arrived at 11 a.m. — the present started round 7:30 p.m. — and was “nonetheless within the mess.”

Benevides’ good friend, Daniele Menin, who attended the live performance along with her, advised on-line information web site G1 that her good friend handed out at the start of the live performance, as Swift carried out her second music, “Cruel Summer.”

“We all the time mentioned that when (Taylor Swift) got here to Brazil we’d discover a solution to go. The ticket was very costly, however we nonetheless discovered a approach,” Menin advised G1.

Justice Minister Flávio Dino mentioned on X, previously often known as Twitter, that going ahead in Brazil, “water bottles for private use, in appropriate materials, shall be allowed” at live shows and festivals and that present producers should present free and simply accessible consuming water.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes wrote on X that the “lack of a younger girl’s life … is unacceptable” and demanded extra brigades and ambulances at future reveals.

Still, the live performance was postponed.

“We are on the prepare. And everyone seems to be so upset,” mentioned Hely Olivares, a 41 year-old Venezuelan who had traveled from Panama to see the artist.

Before suspending the live performance, Swift wrote on Instagram that she wouldn’t handle the demise from stage “as a result of I really feel overwhelmed by grief once I even attempt to speak about it.”

“I wish to say now I really feel this loss deeply and my damaged coronary heart goes out to her household and mates,” she mentioned.

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