Taylor Swift ‘devastated’ as fan dies before show

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Temperatures soared at Taylor Swift’s concert in Rio de Janeiro
By Noor Nanji
Culture reporter

Taylor Swift has said she is “devastated” after a fan died before her concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday night.

In a statement on Instagram, the pop star said her heart was “shattered”, adding: “She was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.”

It came as temperatures soared in the city, which is the latest stop on Swift’s record-breaking Eras Tour.

The star was seen handing out water bottles to fans during the concert.

“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,” Swift wrote.

“I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this.”

Swift said she would not be able to speak about the incident from stage because she felt “overwhelmed by grief” whenever she tried 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.”

She added that this was “the last thing” she thought would happen when she brought the tour to Brazil.

Swift said she had little other information about the death.

However, according to Brazilian newspaper Fohla De Sao Paolo, the fan fainted at the stadium and later died, with the cause of death being given as cardiorespiratory arrest.

Taylor Swift addressed the death in an Instagram post

In videos and pictures circulated on social media, Swift was later seen urging staff at the stadium to give water to fans during the concert.

At one point, while singing All Too Well, she was seen throwing a water bottle into the crowd.

Swift’s Instagram story, commenting on the death of the fan, was posted after the show.

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The global pop sensation arrived in Brazil earlier this week for her record-breaking Eras Tour.

Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to welcome her to the country.

Swift had to cancel previously scheduled performances in the country because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch: Christ the Redeemer welcomes Taylor Swift to Brazil

The pop star is due to play two more shows in Rio de Janeiro, before heading to Sao Paulo.

She is coming to the UK in June 2024, where she will play Edinburgh, London, Liverpool and Cardiff.

The BBC has approached the company organising the Eras Tour in Brazil, T4F Entertainment, for a response.

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