Taylor Swift's Rio tour turns sour: Tragedies strike with deaths, muggings, and a heat wave
Two fatalities, incidents of muggings, and a perilous heat wave have stirred frustration and disappointment among Taylor Swift's Brazilian fans.
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In the course of Taylor Swift's three-day Rio de Janeiro leg of the Eras Tour, marked by a series of unfortunate events, including the deaths of two fans and incidents of muggings amid a hazardous heat wave, the mood among Brazilian Swifties has shifted from excitement to anger and disappointment.
The tragic incidents involve the stabbing death of 25-year-old Gabriel Mongenot Santana Milhomem Santos, who had traveled from the country's center-west region to attend Swift's concert on Copacabana beach. This unfortunate event follows the death of 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides Machado, who fell ill during the singer's initial show in the city and passed away later that evening at a hospital.
Reports of Fainting and Muggings
Amidst the tumultuous events, fans also recounted incidents of fainting due to the scorching heat, falling victim to muggings, or becoming entangled in a police raid. The Rio Municipal Health Department revealed that Ana Clara Benevides, who reportedly passed out during Taylor Swift's second song, "Cruel Summer," suffered from cardiorespiratory arrest.
However, the precise cause of her demise remains uncertain. The Rio Forensic Medical Institute was examined on Saturday, with additional laboratory tests deemed necessary, as reported by the online news site G1.
Fans Endure Extreme Conditions
Hours before the Friday show, eager fans endured lengthy queues outside the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, where temperatures soared to 41 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit), with a heat index reaching nearly 59 C (138 F). Inside the stadium, concert attendees voiced their discomfort with the oppressive heat, and some faced challenges accessing water.
Expressing her disappointment, fan Kléssia Menezes shared with R7 TV that her dream experience unexpectedly turned into a nightmare. She recounted being stuck with hundreds of others on a ramp leading to a VIP area on Saturday, blocked by security officers. When finally allowed through, chaos ensued, leading to a rush, and Menezes ended up falling on a scorching metallic floor, resulting in burns to her leg and back.
In the wake of the tumultuous events surrounding Taylor Swift's Rio de Janeiro leg of the Eras Tour, a mix of tragedy and chaos has left a lasting impact on fans. The unfortunate incidents, including the deaths of two concertgoers, muggings, and a perilous heat wave, have transformed what was anticipated to be a joyous celebration into a somber affair.