A Taylor Swift fan dies before a concert in Brazil due to extreme heat

A Taylor Swift fan dies before a concert in Brazil due to extreme heat

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil A Taylor Swift fan reportedly died before an opening concert on Friday in Brazil, where attendees were exposed to extreme heat, forcing the postponement of Saturday’s concert in Rio de Janeiro.

The country’s National Institute of Meteorology warned of high humidity and temperatures, which led to feeling-like readings reaching the 100 level.

“I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it is with a broken heart to say that we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show,” Swift wrote on Instagram following her concert. “I can’t even tell you how saddened I am by this. There is very little information I have other than the fact that she was so beautiful and so young.”

The heat index, which combines the effects of heat and humidity, reached staggering levels near 140 degrees in Rio on Friday and Saturday, according to Reuters, and the National Institute of Meteorology reported that similar conditions occurred during most days of the week.

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“I’m not going to be able to talk about this from the stage because I get sad when I try to talk about it,” Swift added. “I want to say right now that I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends. This is the last thing I thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”

Continuing heat and death on Friday led to Swift postponing her show on Saturday.

“The decision has been made to postpone tonight’s show due to the extreme temperatures in Rio,” Swift wrote on Instagram about two hours before the show on Saturday. “The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow artists and crew must and always will come first.”

Saturday’s show has been rescheduled for Monday. Swift’s tour in Sao Paulo continues from Friday to Sunday.

A concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was postponed due to weather earlier this month, as severe storms made outdoor activities unsafe.

The storms produced so much gusty winds and lightning, prompting authorities to issue weather alerts to warn of potential dangers.

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The cause of the fan’s death was not revealed. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro announced changes for events at Nilton Santos Stadium to prevent further heat-related illness.

Among the changes is allowing water bottles into the venue during future shows, which is normally prohibited. Increased numbers of health workers and ambulances, more water distribution points and increased efforts to keep fans out of the sun for as long as possible are also planned for future shows.

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