Taylor Swift left devastated after fan died before concert in sweltering conditions
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Taylor Swift has said she's 'devastated' after a fan tragically died before her concert in Rio de Janeiro on Friday (17 November).
However, tragedy struck just before the star took to the stage at her latest show.
Concertgoers reported sweltering conditions in the city and the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, where the concert was held, with temperatures reported to reach more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) inside the stadium.
Swift tried her best to take care of her adoring fans, briefly pausing the live concert so that they could stock up on water. The singer could also threw bottles to the crowd while she was singing.
At one stage, fans could even be heard chanting 'Water, water, water' as Swift belted out tracks from her extensive discography.
But, for one fan, the sweltering heat was too much and she tragically passed away before the show started.
Named by Brazilian newspaper, Fohla de S Paulo, as Ana Clara Benevides, the 23-year-old fainted at the show and suffered a cardiac arrest.
She was transported to hospital where she died that night.
Swift has since taken to her Instagram stories to address the heartbreaking news, saying she is 'overwhelmed by grief.'
She wrote: "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."
The singer added: "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 thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."
Following the success of the Eras Tour, Swift has reached billionaire status.
The epic tour is the highest-grossing tour ever by a woman based on its 56 North American shows alone and could overtake Elton John's 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour as the highest grossing of all time as it continues into 2024
The tour sees the singer perform 151 shows across five continents. It features 44 songs from 10 albums and is set to come to the UK next June.