Taylor Swift concertgoers reportedly suffer 'second-degree burns' amid surging temperatures

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By stefan armitage

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Taylor Swift's recent concerts in Rio de Janeiro have been hit by more damning allegations from fans.

The singer's recent shows in the Brazilian capital city have been plagued by controversy as a result of the sweltering temperatures.

Temperatures soared in the Latin American nation, with Brazilian media reporting that the capital city hit a record-high heat index of 59.3 degrees Celsius (139.5 degrees Fahrenheit), per Reuters.

On Friday, it was revealed that 23-year-old concertgoer Ana Clara Benevides died after waiting hours for the concert to begin at the sold-out Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos stadium.

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Swift is currently in Brazil for her Eras Tour. Credit: Marcelo Endelli/TAS23 / Getty

According to the Brazilian newspaper Fohla De Sao Paolo, Benevides fainted at the stadium and was treated by paramedics at the venue. T4F (the concert organizers) later issued a statement on Instagram stating that the 23-year-old was then transferred to the Salgado Filho Hospital. "After nearly an hour of emergency assistance, she regrettably died," their statement added.

Benevides' cause of death is currently being reported as cardiorespiratory arrest by local media.

Now, News.com.au has reported that several other concertgoers have taken to social media to share the alleged burns they suffered after attending the shows.

According to the outlet, numerous fans have claimed to have been treated for "second-degree" burns as a result of making contact with the stadium’s metal flooring and fencing amid the ongoing heatwave.

Some fans even compared the experience to being on a "hotplate" or in an "oven".

Sharing images of their experience, one fan tweeted (translated): "Today, 11/18, I went to the Nilson Santos Stadium for the Taylor Swift concert and left with 3 second-degree burns [...] The metal plates that covered the floor of the premium track turned into a HOTPLATE at 40°C."

Another X user named Victor Rinaldi tweeted the concert organizers saying: "@T4F This was the worst experience of my life, I return to my state without seeing@taylorswift13 and full of bruises and burns!"

Per News.com.au, another concertgoer tweeted: "This turned this whole place into an oven it’s so frightening."

Swift was forced to postpone the second evening, writing in a statement on Instagram: "The safety and wellbeing of my fans, fellow performers and crew has to and always will come first."

The singer was praised by fans for her actions on Friday night, where videos showed her personally handing out bottles of water to her "Swifties", while also pausing the show to tell staff to make sure concertgoers were getting plenty of water.

She returned to the stadium last night, where she performed a surprise song - 'Bigger Than The Whole Sky' from her Midnights album - which many of her fans believed was a direct tribute to Benevides.

Prior to this performance, Swift had posted a heartfelt statement on Instagram, writing: "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. I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this.

"There’s very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.

"I’m not going to be able to speak about this from the stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief when I even try to talk about it. I want to say now I feel this loss deeply, and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."

Featured image credit: TAS2023 / Getty

Taylor Swift concertgoers reportedly suffer 'second-degree burns' amid surging temperatures

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

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Taylor Swift's recent concerts in Rio de Janeiro have been hit by more damning allegations from fans.

The singer's recent shows in the Brazilian capital city have been plagued by controversy as a result of the sweltering temperatures.

Temperatures soared in the Latin American nation, with Brazilian media reporting that the capital city hit a record-high heat index of 59.3 degrees Celsius (139.5 degrees Fahrenheit), per Reuters.

On Friday, it was revealed that 23-year-old concertgoer Ana Clara Benevides died after waiting hours for the concert to begin at the sold-out Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos stadium.

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Swift is currently in Brazil for her Eras Tour. Credit: Marcelo Endelli/TAS23 / Getty

According to the Brazilian newspaper Fohla De Sao Paolo, Benevides fainted at the stadium and was treated by paramedics at the venue. T4F (the concert organizers) later issued a statement on Instagram stating that the 23-year-old was then transferred to the Salgado Filho Hospital. "After nearly an hour of emergency assistance, she regrettably died," their statement added.

Benevides' cause of death is currently being reported as cardiorespiratory arrest by local media.

Now, News.com.au has reported that several other concertgoers have taken to social media to share the alleged burns they suffered after attending the shows.

According to the outlet, numerous fans have claimed to have been treated for "second-degree" burns as a result of making contact with the stadium’s metal flooring and fencing amid the ongoing heatwave.

Some fans even compared the experience to being on a "hotplate" or in an "oven".

Sharing images of their experience, one fan tweeted (translated): "Today, 11/18, I went to the Nilson Santos Stadium for the Taylor Swift concert and left with 3 second-degree burns [...] The metal plates that covered the floor of the premium track turned into a HOTPLATE at 40°C."

Another X user named Victor Rinaldi tweeted the concert organizers saying: "@T4F This was the worst experience of my life, I return to my state without seeing@taylorswift13 and full of bruises and burns!"

Per News.com.au, another concertgoer tweeted: "This turned this whole place into an oven it’s so frightening."

Swift was forced to postpone the second evening, writing in a statement on Instagram: "The safety and wellbeing of my fans, fellow performers and crew has to and always will come first."

The singer was praised by fans for her actions on Friday night, where videos showed her personally handing out bottles of water to her "Swifties", while also pausing the show to tell staff to make sure concertgoers were getting plenty of water.

She returned to the stadium last night, where she performed a surprise song - 'Bigger Than The Whole Sky' from her Midnights album - which many of her fans believed was a direct tribute to Benevides.

Prior to this performance, Swift had posted a heartfelt statement on Instagram, writing: "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. I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this.

"There’s very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.

"I’m not going to be able to speak about this from the stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief when I even try to talk about it. I want to say now I feel this loss deeply, and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends. This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil."

Featured image credit: TAS2023 / Getty