Returning to the stage in Brazil after postponing her show due to a fan’s tragic death, Taylor Swift delivered a poignant tribute to Ana Clara Benevides, who passed away after falling ill in the heat at the concert venue.
During the performance, Taylor sang “Bigger Than the Whole Sky,” capturing the emotional weight of the moment. Lyrics like “Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye / You were bigger than the whole sky / You were more than just a short time” conveyed the artist’s deep sadness. Lines such as “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” expressed the heartache of loss.
Ana’s cause of death was reported as cardiorespiratory arrest by the Brazilian newspaper Fohla De Sao Paolo. Taylor, expressing devastation on social media, wrote, “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.” Overwhelmed by grief, she chose not to address the incident from the stage but conveyed her deep condolences to Ana’s family and friends.
Amid a severe heatwave in Rio de Janeiro, a video circulated showing Taylor seemingly struggling to breathe during a performance. Despite the challenging conditions, she thanked her fans for their support, marveling at the moment of 65,000 people dancing in the pouring rain. Expressing love and gratitude, Taylor became emotional during the performance of “Champagne Problems,” mouthing “I love you” to the crowd, who responded with applause.