According to a someone close to Swift, she welcomed Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s loved ones to her São Paulo event.
The Sunday performance of Taylor Swift was attended by the loved ones of Ana Clara Benevides Machado, the fan who passed away earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before to an Eras Tour engagement.
Swift, 33, confirmed to PEOPLE that she welcomed Benevides Machado’s family, including her father Weiny Mach ado to her last Brazil concert stop in São Paulo.
The fan, 23, passed away on November 17 in front of Swift’s performance at Stadium Nilton Santos. Time for Fun, the organization organizing the event, said on X (previously Twitter) that the woman became ill at the Rio site and was attended to by emergency personnel before being taken to a local hospital, where she passed away.
Only a few days before Benevides Machado passed away, Swift’s Sunday performance was witnessed by the late fan’s family from what looked like a VIP tent. A fan-captured video of the event was posted to X videos.
The five of them met Swift or posed for pictures with her during and after the event, all while sporting matching shirts featuring Benevides Machado’s face. (The image was shared on X by multiple Swift fan accounts.)
Following the news of Benevides Machado’s passing on November 17, Swift posted a tribute to her late admirer on her Instagram Story.
The singer started, “It’s unbelievable that I’m writing this, but it’s with heartbreak to say we lost an audience member just moments before my show.” The extent of my devastation at this cannot even be expressed. In addition to the fact that she was really young and gorgeous, I don’t know a lot about her.
The singer of Midnights continued by stating she would not be allowed to discuss Benevides Machado at her live events.
She wrote, “I am overcome by grief when I ever try to talk about this, so I’m not going to be able to speak about it from the stage.” “Now that I’ve experienced this loss, I want to express how much my heart hurts for her.
Weiny, 53, said to the Brazilian daily Folha de S. Paulo following the death of his daughter, “I lost my sole child, an idyllic and intelligent girl.”
According to Weiny, “she was about going to college in psychology next April, saving money.” “There are no words to describe how I feel. She returned from her dream-fulfilling trip home dead.
Swift had postponed her Nov. 18 Rio event due to excessive heat, but fans at her Nov. 19 show in Rio said they weren’t given any water while they waited in line for the performance, according to Folha de S. Paulo.
Weiny stated in the same interview that he would need more information regarding whether or not water was allowed for supporters to carry into Estadio Nilton Santos on when Benevides Machado passed away. (The temperature attained 102 degrees on Nov. 17, per PBS.org.)
He told the publication, “I want to find out if it’s accurate that they aren’t allowed to bring water and didn’t offer assistance.”
Investigations are also underway into Time for Fun, the organization that handled Swift’s performances in Brazil and disclosed Benevides Machado’s passing.
According to NBC News, the corporation is being investigated for a “crime of risk to life and health” by the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police’s consumer delegations department.
Authorities have started taking further action “to examine the facts,” and it is anticipated that event organizers will be called to testify.