RIO DE JANEIRO – The death of two people and a heatwave that was dangerous left legions and legions of Brazilian Taylor Swift fans angry and frustrated during the three day Rio de Janeiro leg, of the pop star’s Eras Tour.
Rio’s Police released a statement saying that Gabriel Mongenot Santana Milhomem Santos was fatally stabbed on the Copacabana Beach at 3 am Monday.
This was the second Swift fan to die in just four days. Ana Clara Benevides Machado, 23, fell ill at Swift’s first concert in the city on Friday and later died that night at a local hospital.
The fans also reported being mugged, or getting caught in a raid by the police.
Rio’s Municipal Health Department confirmed that Benevides had suffered cardiorespiratory collapse. However, the cause of death is still unknown. The Forensic Medical Institute in Rio examined the body on Saturday, and stated that additional laboratory tests were needed. This was reported by the online news website G1.
Swift posted a statement on Instagram in which she said that Benevides’s death had left her with “a broken heart”.
Fans waited in line for hours before the show on Friday at the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium, where temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius. Concertgoers inside the stadium complained about unbearable temperatures and said that they were unable to get water.
Klessia Meezes told R7 TV, “I never imagined that my dream would turn into a nightmare.” She was stuck on a ramp leading to a VIP area with hundreds of others Saturday when security officers blocked the entry.
She said that once security allowed them to pass, people began running. She fell onto a hot metal floor, which burned her back and leg.
She said, “They took my to the doctor… and I saw that i wasn’t the one who fell in this chaos.” “Many people burned themselves.”
After tens and thousands of fans spent hours in the heat, Swift’s show that night was ultimately postponed. Swift said on Instagram that the decision was made “due to Rio’s extreme temperatures.”
Swift’s fans are upset about the cancellation of her concert. A fan identified as Julia Alvarenga expressed this concern.
In a video that was posted on X (formerly Twitter), Alvarenga, who appeared visibly angry in the video, asked: “My friend, do you see how much sweat I am producing, and how my pores are dilated by the sweat?” She pointed at her waist to show the extreme measures that she had taken in order to attend a music concert, for which she was prepared to stand for hours. She says “I’m in a diaper – a geriatric one,” and urges the artist to come out. Come on stage! I want to see your face!”
Chaos outside the stadium followed the postponement. A large number of concertgoers fled the area under a light drizzle, close to one Rio’s favelas, or working-class areas.
Social media videos showed pickpockets robbing tourists of their possessions. These scenes are not unusual for Rio residents but they’re far removed from postcards of “cidade Maravilhosa” that many tourists have seen.
Many people sought refuge in a Burger King. They hid under tables or behind the counters of the kitchen. As sirens blared, heavily armed police stormed the basement of the fast-food restaurant. Those stuck outside shouted. Taxi drivers overcharged some of the people who managed to escape.
The show on Saturday night was moved to Monday, but many of those who traveled from outside Brazil or other regions had already planned to leave earlier.
Hely Olivares (41 years old) a Venezuelan from Panama said, “We won’t be able make it.” “Many people have wasted their trip.”