RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A Taylor Swift fan reportedly died before an opening concert on Friday in Brazil, where concertgoers endured high heat, leading to the postponement of Saturday's concert in Rio de Janeiro.
"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," Swift wrote on Instagram following her concert. "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."
The heat index, which combines the effects of heat and humidity, reached staggering levels near 140 degrees in Rio Friday and Saturday, according to Reuters, and the National Institute of Meteorology reported similar conditions had occurred for much of the week.
"I'm not going to be able to speak about this from stage because I feel overwhelmed by grief when I even try to talk about it," Swift added. "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 this tour to Brazil."
The continued heat and Friday's death lead to Swift postponing her show on Saturday.
"The decision has been made to postpone tonight's show due to the extreme temperatures in Rio," Swift wrote on Instagram about two hours before the show Saturday. "The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow performers, and crew has to, and always will, come first."
Saturday's show has been rescheduled for Monday. Swift's tour continues in São Paulo from Friday through Sunday.
A concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was postponed by weather earlier this month as severe storms made outdoor activities unsafe.
While the cause of the fan's death has not been revealed, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro announced changes to events at Nilton Santos Stadium to prevent further illnesses related to the heat.
Among the changes were that water bottles were to be allowed into the venue during future shows, which is normally prohibited. An increase in health workers and ambulances, more water distribution points and an increase in efforts to keep fans out of the sun as long as possible are also set for future shows.
Original article source: Taylor Swift fan dies before Brazilian concert in sweltering heat, Saturday's concert postponed