Taylor Swift fan Ana Clara Benevides died of warmth exhaustion


The reason for demise has been revealed for a Taylor Swift fan who died at one of many singer’s November concert events in Rio de Janeiro.

Ana Clara Benevides Machado, a 23-year outdated psychology pupil, died of warmth exhaustion, a forensics report obtained by the Related Press revealed Wednesday. Rio’s Forensic Medical Institute stated warmth publicity led to cardio-respiratory arrest and that Benevides didn’t have pre-existing situations or substance abuse that would have led to her demise.

The report additionally stated that Benevides had “severe compromise of her lungs and sudden demise” as a result of warmth.

The evening of Nov. 17, Swift introduced in a since-expired Instagram story that her crew had “misplaced a fan earlier tonight earlier than my present.” Swift, “devastated” by the demise, stated she felt overwhelmed by grief and stated her coronary heart goes out to Benevides’ household and mates. The singer additionally performed Rio concert events on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

“That is the very last thing I ever thought would occur when we determined to deliver this tour to Brazil,” she continued.

Swift’s Eras tour stops in Brazil got here amid a record-breaking warmth wave for the nation. In accordance with Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, the warmth index — a measure combining temperature and humidity — on the Estàdio Nilton Santos reached 140 levels, inflicting 1,000 followers to faint, in accordance an unofficial firefighter depend. Movies from the live performance confirmed Swift pausing the present twice to get extra water bottles into the group. She additionally threw bottles from the stage to distressed followers herself.

Greater than 60,000 concertgoers have been in attendance, and the venue had prohibited followers from bringing water bottles inside. Amid hovering temperatures that week, Rio’s warmth index hit 137 levels, the best within the metropolis’s historical past.

Benevides was given 40 minutes of CPR on website earlier than being taken to a hospital, the place she died, her buddy Thiago Fernandes advised Folha de S. Paulo. The live performance’s organizer, Time for Enjoyable, corroborated Fernandes’ account in an Instagram submit and added that Benevides died after receiving emergency medical consideration for an hour.

After Benevides’ demise, Swift followers organized an internet petition to create a regulation that would offer free water in any respect venues in Brazil. Flávio Dino, Brazil’s minister of Justice, additionally responded to the incident, tweeting that private water bottles could be allowed into live performance venues and promoters internet hosting exhibits with “excessive warmth publicity” should present accessible and free water stations inside venues.

The workplace of Rio’s public prosecutor has opened a prison investigation into Benevides’ demise, the Related Press reported. Rio police additionally launched a press release on Wednesday noting that “representatives of the corporate organizing the occasion will probably be known as to testify” after the forensics report is analyzed.

Swift met 5 of Benevides’ relations on the Allianz Parque in São Paulo in late November. She invited the household to her present, coated journey bills and made a donation to her fan’s mother and father. The Grammy winner additionally posed for pictures with the relations, who wore matching shirts depicting Benevides’ face.

Swift’s Eras tour will resume within the new yr with a number of exhibits in Tokyo from Feb. 7 to Feb. 10. She is going to then take her career-spanning present to Australia, Singapore and a number of other European international locations earlier than returning to the US within the fall for concert events in Miami, New Orleans and Indianapolis.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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