Tearful Taylor Swift paid tribute to a young fan, who tragically succumbed to the extreme heat on Friday, while returning to the stage in Rio de Janeiro for the first time since her death.
While seemingly paying her respects to Ana Clara Benevides, 23, the 33-year-old pop star sang her heart-wrenching track, Bigger Than the Whole Sky, about unimaginable grief and heartache.
‘Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye / You were bigger than the whole sky / You were more than just a short time,’ the 12-time Grammy winner crooned while visibly choked up. ‘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.’
Other emotional lyrics included: ‘No words appear before me in the aftermath/ Salt streams out my eyes and into my ears/ Every single thing I touch becomes sick with sadness.’
Emotional: Tearful Taylor Swift returned to the Rio de Janeiro stage for the first time on Sunday after the tragic death of a 23-year-old fan, who succumbed to extreme heat on Friday
Brave face: Just one day after she was forced to postpone her show due to sweltering temperatures , the pop star, 33, expressed gratitude to all her attendees for braving the record-breaking heat and rain to support her
Devastating: On Friday, Ana Clara Benevides, 23, fainted in the front row and was given CPR by doctors at the scene but failed to revive her
In response to a TikTok video, uploaded by a fan under the username @tswift_22, Swifties applauded the performance that they perceived to be ‘for Ana.’
‘She played it for the girl who died, I’m gonna cry,’ one wrote.
Another speculated: ‘She played her heart out on that piano, you can tell she was doing it all for Ana.’
Others pointed out how she ‘was crying’ as she sang and you could ‘hear’ Swift’s raw emotion as she grieved for her fan.
On Friday, Benevides fainted in the front row and was given CPR by doctors at the scene but failed to revive her.
She was transported to a hospital, where she suffered a second cardiac arrest and died.
Earlier during the show, Swift, who had to postpone Saturday’s show due to sweltering temperatures, expressed gratitude to all her attendees for braving the record-breaking heat and rain to support her.
‘How lucky do you have to be to have 65,000 people dance in the pouring rain with you?’ she asked the crowd. ‘I’ve never gotten to bring a tour to Brazil before and you’ve been so supportive to me ever since the beginning of my career.’
Swift continued: ‘I love you so much and I’m so happy to see your faces tonight you have no idea.’ Later on during the singer’s set, the crowd erupted after ‘Champagne Problems’ as Swift teared up mouthing ‘I love you,’ according to social media footage.
After performing her hit, Champagne Problems on the piano, she looked emotional and teared up as the audience erupted in applause.
In response to the tears, she mouthed ‘I love you’ to concertgoers.
Her second show comes as Brazil is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave and fans were reportedly not allowed to bring water into the highly anticipated concert despite the sweltering temperatures.
‘How lucky do you have to be to have 65,000 people dance in the pouring rain with you?’ she asked the crowd. ‘I’ve never gotten to bring a tour to Brazil before and you’ve been so supportive to me ever since the beginning of my career’ (seen on Friday)
Scary situation: On Friday, footage from the concert shows Swift pleading with stadium staff to give her fans water
‘I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it is with her 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 by this,’ she posted after learning of Benevides’ passing
In the aftermath, fans claimed that they had been banned from taking water into the venue but this has not been verified.
In a handwritten note published on Instagram, Swift spoke of her shock and announced she would be cancelling her Saturday night performance, explaining that the risks were too high for the show to go ahead.
‘I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it is with her 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 by this,’ she posted.
‘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 the show to Brazil.’
Footage from the concert showed Swift pleading with stadium staff to give her fans water. At one point during the show, the singer brought the gig to a halt and threw a water bottle into the crowd.
One terrifying clip shared on TikTok appeared to show Swift struggling to breathe as she temperatures in the arena soared to more than 37C. In the 11-second clip, Swift can be seen hurriedly taking seven breaths before starting another of her hit songs.
‘There were people crying, people throwing tantrums, hoping it was all a lie, in short, it was terrible,’ said student Victor Guimaraes, who was waiting in line again on Sunday to watch the singer’s performance.
On Sunday, news broke that a second fan died in Rio de Janerio after being fatally stabbed on Saturday.
Gabriel Milhomem Santos was killed just hours after he attended the world-wide tour at Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium in the Brazilian city.
The 25-year-old, who was wearing a ‘Swifities’ friendship bracelet, was reportedly knifed to death as he rested on the famous Copacabana beach in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Swift megafan Gabriel had travelled to Rio from Belo Horizonte, where he was studying Aeronautic Engineering, to see the singer’s show.
Tragic: On Sunday, news broke that a second fan, named Gabriel Milhomem Santos, died in Rio de Janerio after being fatally stabbed on Saturday
He was with two female cousins when the group decided to stop by the city’s famous Copacabana beach to swim in the sea in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to his cousins, Gabriel had dozed off on the sand when three robbers approached the group, and was stabbed when he suddenly woke up in the middle of the assault.
The robbers took the keys to the group’s hire care and two mobile phones, but two were later arrested by police.
Two of the robbers, Alan Ananias Calvacante and Anderson Henriques Brandão, had been released from custody hours earlier after being arrested for stealing 80 bars of chocolate.
A third man, Jonathan Batista Barbosa, reportedly with 10 other crimes on his record, is still on the run.
Swift has yet to comment on Gabriel’s death.