- Ana Clara Benevides, 23, was a devout Taylor Swift fan and often posted videos online singing to her songs
- Benevides tragically passed away during Friday night’s concert at the Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos in Rio
- Fellow Swifties mourned the 23-year-old who had been majoring in psychology at Universidade Federal de Rondonópolis
Ana Clara Benevides fainted while at Friday’s show and despite efforts from doctors on site, Benevides was taken to hospital where she subsequently died.
The 23-year-old’s tragic passing happened shortly before Travis Kelce‘s girlfriend ascended the stage in front of 60,000 cheering and star-struck fans.
Little was known about Benevides in the wake of the tragedy, but as tributes began to flow, a picture of the devout ‘Swiftie’ has started to take shape.
Her death was announced by family after receiving a devastating call from doctors at the Salgado Filho Hospital.
Her friend, Thiago Fernandes, told press that Benevides was revived after fainting at the stadium but had a second arrest on the way to the hospital where she later died.
Temperatures in Rio de Janeiro were recorded as high as 100F on the day of Taylor’s concert leading to a local heat warning and fans lamenting over a drink bottle ban as they posted videos as they sweltered in the unrelenting heat.
Benevides was your average 23-year-old, often posting pictures and videos about her life online giving insight into small pockets of her life.
In one of the last posts Benevides made to TikTok mid-October the 23-year-old can be seen with a love heart filter over her eyes while singing part of Taylor Swift’s ‘Timeless.’
Another post shows a montage with friends sound tracked by the song ‘You’re On Your Own Kid.’
Benevides is seen laughing with friends, attending concerts and spending time with family.
Meanwhile, another video with the hashtag Swiftie, a term used for Taylor Swift fans, shows the 23-year-old choosing her favorite album.
There was no doubt that Benevides had been excited to attend the much-anticipated concert which is part of the Eras Tour that has estimated earnings of more than $4 billion.
After her passing a childhood friend posted a series of pictures with Benevides in which he said the pair had talked about the show ‘so many times.’
‘I loved you since the day I met you, aka, I just moved rooms because of you, when we were 11 years old, just know that I will always love you,’ Thiago Fernandes wrote on Instagram.
‘I just can’t believe your gone I can’t accept that. We talked about this show so many times, and how I wish I was with you.
‘I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were one of my oldest friends. For so long, and now on, only in memories! I hope you are okay now. Take a rest!’
Another friend posted: ‘I refuse to believe it. I love you forever! Thank you for everything! Without a doubt one of the best people I’ve ever met.’
A family member also paid tribute before posting a link to a petition to regulate free drinking water at music venues in honor of Benevides.
Apart from being a faithful Swiftie, Benevides attended The Federal University of Rondonópolis (UFR) who revealed she studied Pyschology.
‘We announce with great regret the passing away of the student Ana Clara Benevides Machado, this Friday (17),’ the post read.
‘Ana Clara was 23 years old and was a regular student of the graduate course in Psychology.
‘On behalf of the entire academic community, UFR deeply regrets the incident and extends its solidarity to Ana’s friends and family.’
In the face of the loss, the Dean of the University, professor Analy Castilho Polizel de Souza, announced three days of mourning.
Earlier, Taylor broke her silence remembering the fan as an ‘incredibly beautiful’ person.
‘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,’ she wrote.
‘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.’
Swift offered candor in her statement revealing that she was ‘not going to be able to speak about this from stage’ because she is ‘overwhelmed by grief.’
‘I want to say now I feel this loss deeply and my broken heart goes out to her family and friends,’ she added.
‘This is the last thing I ever thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.’