Benevides’ father mourned the death of his only daughter, calling her a “happy and intelligent girl.”
A FAMILY member of a Taylor Swift fan who died during one of the singer’s Brazil concerts has slammed claims that the singer’s team reached out to them for support.
Ana Clara Benevides, 23, died on Friday after falling ill while at Swift’s Eras Tour at the Nilton Saltos Stadium in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Ana Clara Benevides, 23, died at Taylor Swift’s Brazil concert after temperatures in Rio de Janeiro reached scorching levelsCredit: Instagram
Taylor Swift’s Friday show at the Nilton Saltos Stadium in Rio De Janeiro was postponed due to the extreme weather conditionsCredit: Getty
The 23-year-old psychology student fell ill at the show and was transported to the hospital where she diedCredit: Facebook
Temperatures at Nilton Saltos Stadium in Rio De Janeiro reached scorching levels as Taylor Swift was in town for her Eras TourCredit: AP
A group of Taylor Swift fans launched a fundraiser to help transport Benevides’ body to her family from Rio to her home state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Now, a family member of Benevides slammed reports that claimed the Grammy Award winner’s team, on Swift’s orders, contacted the family.
“As far as I know, no. That’s fake,” Gabriela Bevenvides, the victim’s cousin, told Brazilian news outlet Folha De S.Paulo.
Swift’s representatives declined to comment when approached by The U.S. Sun.
Benevides’ official cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Swift paid tribute to Benevides during Sunday’s show as she sang her heart-wrenching track Bigger Than The Whole Sky – the track talks about unimaginable grief and heartache.
Visibly choked up while playing the piano, Swift sang: “Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye / You were bigger than the whole sky / You were more than just a short time
“I’m never gonna meet / What could’ve been, would’ve been / What should’ve been you / What could’ve been, would’ve been you.”
Swift’s three-day stop in the Brazilian city was marred by a series of muggings and a dangerous heatwave.
Temperatures in Rio De Janeiro reached scorching levels as Swift had to pause her Friday show so drinks could be handed out to fans chanting, “Water, water.”
The show was eventually postponed after several fans reportedly fainted after experiencing cardiorespiratory issues due to the scorching conditions, which saw temperatures spike to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Cruel Summer singer was caught on camera gasping for air on stage at the sweltering show where Benevides died.
Benevides’ father mourned his daughter’s death, telling Folha De S.Paulo: “I’ve lost my only daughter – a happy and intelligent girl. I’ve no words.”
He told a newspaper it was absurd that Swift had to give fans water.
“Nothing’s going to bring my daughter back. But I hope, if it’s confirmed there was negligence, people are made to pay,” he added.
Estela Benevides, the victim’s cousin, shared how the student traveled by plane for the first time in her life to attend Friday’s concert.
“Our family is in shock. It’s incredible. She left a lasting impression on the lives of the people she knew,” Estela said.
Meanwhile, concertgoer Gabriel Mongenot Santana Milhomeme Santos, 25, who traveled from the country’s center-west region to see Swift, was stabbed to death on a Copacabana beach at around 3 am on Monday, police said.
Santos was found at the water’s edge, wearing a “Swiftie” friendship bracelet on her wrist.
Three suspects have been detained over the murder, police said.