Taylor Swift Breaks Her Silence After Tragic Incident Before Her Concert In Brazil

Taylor Swift says she's "devastated" after a fan who was supposed to see her perform in Rio de Janeiro yesterday died shortly before the show.

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The fan was 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado, according to a tweet posted by event co-organizer Time for Fun. She had reportedly been treated by paramedics on-site after falling ill at the stadium and later died at a local hospital.

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While Ana's cause of death is uncertain, Rio and many other parts of Brazil experienced a dangerous heat wave this week. Brazilian media outlets reported that fans had to wait in lines before the show and were not allowed to bring water bottles inside per venue rules.

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A friend who attended the show with Ana told the online news site G1 that Ana fainted during Taylor's performance of "Cruel Summer," which was only the second song of the night.

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“We always said that when (Taylor Swift) came to Brazil, we would find a way to go. The ticket was very expensive, but we still found a way," she told the outlet.

Taylor reacted to the news of Ana's death on her Instagram Story, writing: "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."

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"There's very little information I have other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and far too young," she continued.

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"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," she went on. "I want to say now that I feel this loss deeply and my heart goes out to her family and friends. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."

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Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes also posted a tweet saying he had ordered the municipality "to demand action with the production of the show" for Taylor's remaining stops in Rio, including faster entrance to the concert and new water distribution points, among other things.

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Taylor even took it upon herself to hand out water to fans in the crowd. "There's people that need water, right here," she said in a fan video, pointing toward a section of the audience. "Whoever is in charge of giving them that, please come and make sure that that happens."

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"Sorry, it's just it's very hot, so if somebody says they need water when it's this hot, they really need it," she added in another fan video.

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You can see her post and other fan tributes below:

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