Taylor Swift Fan Dies Amid Soaring Heat At Brazil Concert; Saturday Show Postponed
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- The show was part of Swifts’ hugely popular The Eras Tour.
- Temperatures near the stadium rose to 99 degrees Friday afternoon.
- Swift postponed a concert scheduled for the same venue on Saturday.
A fan died after falling ill in extreme heat at a concert by superstar singer Taylor Swift Friday night in Brazil.
The incident prompted Swift to postpone Saturday’s show at the same venue. It wasn’t immediately clear when the concert would be rescheduled.
The woman was identified by concert promoter Time4Fun as 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado. She was attended to by medical staff at the concert at Rio de Janeiro’s Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium and then taken to a hospital where she died about an hour later.
While the cause of death wasn’t immediately known, temperatures near the stadium rose to 99 degrees Friday afternoon and dropped into the low 90s by 8 p.m.
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Daniele Menin, a friend who attended the concert with Machado, told online news site G1 that her friend passed out as Swift performed her second song of the night, “Cruel Summer.”
“It was out of nowhere,” Menin told G1. “We were very happy. We cried with joy in the first song. Out of nowhere, she just fell. She didn’t complain about anything. We took her over the railing, I jumped and took her out.”
Machado had taken a flight from her home in Brazil’s center-west region to see Swift, her favorite musician, The Associated Press reported. It was her first time on an airplane.
The show, part of Swift’s hugely popular The Eras Tour, began around 7:30 p.m. Machado posted on social media that she had arrived at the stadium at 11 a.m. Typically, fans wait outside for hours before one of the shows, which are being held in huge outdoor stadiums.
“It was extremely hot. My hair got so wet from sweat as soon as I came in,” concertgoer Elizabeth Morin, 26, told the AP. “There was a point at which I had to check my breathing to make sure I wasn’t going to pass out.”
Morin said the stadium felt like a sauna.
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People at the concert complained that they weren’t allowed to bring water into the stadium, and Machado’s death prompted a petition to “make water in events mandatory” at concerts. It garnered 150,000 signatures in just a few hours.
The death was met with a quick response from Brazil’s government.
Justice Minister Flávio Dino posted on social media Saturday morning that rules were being changed immediately to mandate that water bottles for personal use be allowed in concerts and that companies producing shows during high heat exposure must provide free drinking water in easily accessible “hydration islands.”
Much of Brazil and neighboring Paraguay were in the grips of a scorching heat wave over the past week.
Swift wrote on Instagram after Friday’s show: “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. I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends.”
On Saturday, she added another message: “I’m writing this from my dressing room in the stadium. The decision has been made to postpone tonight’s show due to the extreme temperatures in Rio,” the singer said in a handwritten note posted on her Instagram account. “The safety and well being of my fans, fellow performers, and crew has to and always will come first.”
A week earlier, Swift postponed a show in Argentina over fears of bad weather including storms and rain.
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