“Weiny Machado recently spoke about the death of his daughter, Ana Clara Benevides Machado—who fell ill at a Taylor Swift concert in Brazil, was immediately taken to the hospital, and later passed away. Weiny Machado is mourning the death of his daughter, Ana Clara Benevides Machado, a fan who died after falling ill at a Taylor Swift concert in Brazil.
“I lost my only daughter, a happy and intelligent girl,” Weiny told the local outlet Folha de S.Paulo in an interview on November 18, translated from Portuguese to English. “She was about to graduate in psychology next April, saving money. I have no words to express my pain. She left home to fulfill a dream and came back deceased.”
The 23-year-old’s father noted that he’s seeking further information about the incident.
“I want to know whether they were actually prohibited from bringing water, whether there was negligence in providing assistance,” he continued. “I know that the singer was handing out water to her fans, and that is absurd for an event of this size. Nothing will bring my daughter back, but I hope that, if negligence is confirmed, someone will be punished so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Ana Clara attended Taylor’s Eras Tour concert at Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on November 17. In a statement translated from Portuguese to English, organizer T4F (Time for Fun) said that Ana Clara hadn’t been feeling well and was “immediately” attended to by first responders, taken to the medical center at the Nilton Saltos Stadium for first aid protocol.
“Given the situation,” the statement continued, “the medical team chose to transfer her to Salgado Filho Hospital, where, after almost an hour of emergency care, she unfortunately passed away. To the family and friends of Ana Clara Benevides Machado, our sincere condolences.”
According to local outlet G1, the Rio Municipal Health Department stated that Ana Clara suffered a cardiac arrest, and the Instituto Médico Legal (IML) will certify the cause of death, which has yet to be disclosed.
After hearing about Ana Clara’s passing, the “Delicate” singer expressed her sorrow.
“I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but with a shattered heart, I say we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show,” Taylor wrote on Instagram Stories on November 17. “I can’t express how devastated I am by this. I have little information other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and too young.”
“I won’t be able to talk about this on stage because I’m overwhelmed by sadness when I try,” she continued. “Now I want to say that I feel this loss deeply, and my broken heart mourns for her family and friends. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
In a video obtained by ABC News, Taylor could be seen directing stage crews to provide water to audience members.
“It’s very hot,” she said at one point, “so if someone says they need water in this heat, they really need it.”
The 12-time Grammy winner also announced the postponement of her November 18 show “due to the extreme temperatures in Rio,” stating, “The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow performers, and crew must and will always be the top priority.”
E! News has reached out to Taylor’s and T4F’s teams for comment but has yet to receive a response.
See photos from Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Brazil