Ana Clara’s father spoke out about the death of his only daughter.
Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s official cause of death is unknown, but extreme heat at the November 17 Eras Tour stop affected many fans who waited in line for hours to get into the general admission concert.
Ana Clara’s father, 53-year-old Weiny Machado, was devastated.
Taylor Swift released a statement of her own following the concert, saying she was “overwhelmed with grief.” The decision was later made to move the scheduled Saturday night show to Monday, November 20, when temperatures were expected to be in the 70s.
Weiny Machado called for an investigation into claims that the venue didn’t allow Swifties to bring in water, telling the newspaper:
I want it to be found out whether they were in fact prohibited from bringing water, whether there was negligence in providing assistance. I know that the singer was handing out water to her fans, and that is absurd for an event of this size. Nothing will bring my daughter back, but I hope that, if negligence is confirmed, someone will be punished, so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Eduardo Paes also spoke out on X, calling the 23-year-old fan’s death “unacceptable,” and saying that increased safety measures will be taken at the remaining shows, including keeping waiting fans out of the sun, new water distribution points and an increased number of staffers and ambulances.