Taylor Swift donates money to family of deceased fan

Taylor Swift performs during the opener of her Eras tour in Glendale, Ariz., on March 17.

Taylor Swift performs during the opener of her Eras tour in Glendale, Ariz., on March 17. Photo: Getty

Ahead of her final tour performance of 2023, Taylor Swift has met with the family of a Brazilian fan who died at her first show in the country earlier this month.

The pop star met five family members of Ana Clara Benevides Machado at the Allianz Parque in São Paulo, where she posed with them for a photograph, according to People.

The photo, shared on X, showed five family members wearing T-shirts depicting Benevides’ face.

Swift had previously faced criticism for not doing enough to support Benevides’ family in the aftermath of her death. The L.A. Times confirmed Swift invited Benevides’ family to meet her at the show, covering travel expenses and making a donation to her parents.

Benevides, 23, died on November 17 before the start of Swift’s first show in Rio de Janeiro. In a statement written in Portuguese, event organiser Time for Fun wrote that Benevides had felt unwell at the venue. Her condition worsened, paramedics performed CPR, and she was taken to a hospital. She was pronounced dead shortly after.

Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported the heat index inside the Rio venue, Estádio Nilton Santos, reached 60C. The venue, which had 60,000 people attending the show, did not allow water bottles inside, adding to the extreme environment.

Swift addressed Benevides’ death in a statement posted on Instagram stories after the concert, saying she was “devastated” by the news.

“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 said.

Swift is finished with touring until the Asian leg of the Eras Tour kicks off February 7 at the Tokyo Dome. But she announced the documentary film of her tour would be available on demand on her birthday, December 13.

Swift’s Australian tour begins on February 16.


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