Forensics report reveals that Taylor Swift fan in Brazil died from heath exhaustion

A 23-year-old woman died attending a Taylor Swift concert in November on a day where temperatures exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

A forensics report has revealed that a Brazilian fan of Taylor Swift died from heat exhaustion after attending her concert in Rio de Janeiro in November.

The Associated Press reported the cause of death after obtaining the forensics report on Wednesday. 


The backstory: Ana Clara Benevides, 23, fainted during the second song of the concert on Nov. 17 in Rio de Janeiro. 

  • Temperatures had reached around 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Farenheit) that day.
  • Many fans lined up for hours before the concert and criticized the organizers for the lack of water supplies, as they were not allowed to bring their own water into the stadium.

Driving the news: The forensics report stated that Benevides’ exposure to the heat led to a cardiorrespiratory arrest, without any preexisting conditions or substance abuse as contributing factors.

  • Benevides had a “serious compromise of her lungs and sudden death,” according to the report. 
  • Organizers T4F said in a statement that the company followed best practices and complied with authorities’ demands, distributing thousands of bottles of water to fans. The company also denied preventing fans from bringing their own water.
  • The case has prompted a criminal investigation by the office of Rio’s public prosecutor, and representatives of the organizing company will be called to testify.
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