The cause of death of Ana Clara Benevides Machado has been revealed. According The Associated Presswho obtained this week the forensic report from the Forensic Medical Institute of Rio, the Brazilian Taylor Swift fan died of heat exhaustion before the singer's November Eras Tour stop in Rio de Janeiro, when the heat index soared to 140 degrees and fans were reportedly prohibited from bringing water.
According to the media, exposure to heat caused cardiorespiratory arrest and “sudden death.” Ana had no pre-existing conditions or substance abuse that could have contributed to her death, the outlet reports. She was 23 years old.
In November, one of the event organizers, Time for Fun, wrote on her verified account X that, before the concert, Ana felt unwell and was immediately treated by paramedics before being transferred to the stadium's medical center. She was then taken to a nearby hospital where she died.
After Ana's death, Taylor reacted to the tragedywriting on her Instagram Story: “I can't believe I'm writing these words, but it's with a broken heart that I say we lost a fan tonight before my show.”
“I can't even express how devastated I am by this. There is very little information I have other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and too young,” Swift wrote. “I won't be able to talk about this from the stage because I feel overwhelmed with grief when I try to talk about it. I want to say now that I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to his family and friends. This is the last thing I thought about would happen when we decided to take this tour to Brazil.
Although Taylor did not talk about Ana's death on stage, she did. appeared to pay tribute to the late fan when he sang the devastating song “Bigger Than the Whole Sky” as one of his surprise songs.
Ana's father, Weiny Machado, previously reacted to her death, narration Folha de São Paulo“I lost my only daughter, a happy and intelligent girl. 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 dead. “Nothing will bring my daughter back to me, but I hope that, if the negligence is confirmed, someone will be punished, so that this does not happen to anyone else.”
Shortly after, Taylor welcomed Ana's family at their concert in São Paulo, where he met them before going on stage.
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