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Family of Taylor Swift fan who died at concert attends singer’s third Eras Tour show in Brazil

Chloe Rowland

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Family of Taylor Swift fan who died at concert attends singer’s third Eras Tour show in Brazil

Featured Image Credit: X/doquinto/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

The family of a young Taylor Swift fan who died earlier this month have attended the final night of the singer's Brazilian leg of her Eras Tour.

On November 17, student Ana Clara Benevides Machado, 23, attended one of Swift's Eras Tour concerts at Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

However, the young fan became unwell ahead of the show and tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at hospital.

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Concertgoers reported sweltering conditions as Brazil continued to grapple with an unprecedented heatwave, with Swift even pausing the concert so fans could get water and the next show was postponed.

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Paying tribute to Machado at the time, Swift penned a touching message on Instagram explaining she was 'devastated by the tragedy'.

The post read: "I can’t believe I’m writing these words but it is with 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 so incredibly beautiful and far too young.

"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. This is the last thing I thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."

Taylor Swift said she was 'devastated by the tragedy'. Credit: Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
Taylor Swift said she was 'devastated by the tragedy'. Credit: Buda Mendes/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
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Just under two weeks from her death, footage posted to social media shows Machado's family in the crowd of the final night of the Eras Tour in São Paulo, Brazil.

It's unclear whether Swift or her team personally invited them along for the show, but local media reports that Machado's family watched the show from one of the VIP tents and were donning T-shirts with her face on it.

The family has since started a crowdfunding, with a video of Machado's mother thanking people for support posted to X.

In the video, the mom says: "[Translation] Yesterday we started a crowdfunding asking for help. Thank God, we reached the goal this morning.

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"We got an amount that allows us to do everything we wanted. Thank God, a lot of people have donated and I wanted God to bless all of you."

Ana Clara Benevides Machado's family in the crowd at the show. Credit: X/@doquinto
Ana Clara Benevides Machado's family in the crowd at the show. Credit: X/@doquinto

The day after the tragedy, Mayor Eduardo Paes said on X: "The loss of a young woman's life yesterday at the show in Engenhão is unacceptable.

"Obviously, we are still finding out more details about the circumstances of what happened.

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"In any case, I have already ordered the municipality's Executive Chief of Operations to demand action with the production of the show."

Topics: Music, Taylor Swift, Celebrity

Chloe Rowland
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