It was an emotional weekend for Taylor Swift fans in Brazil. The superstar returned to the stage after postponing her Saturday, November 18th, show following the death of a fan amid sweltering temperatures. On Sunday, November 19th, Swift included an emotional rendition of her song "Bigger Than the Whole Sky" and fans think it was in memory of the late college student.
“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye / You were bigger than the whole sky,” Swift sings in the song, which she played at the piano. “I’ve got a lot to live without / I’m never gonna meet / What could’ve been, would’ve been / What should’ve been you.”
While Swift didn't mention the fan's death on stage, she did send out a message on social media shortly after the sad news was announced. “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," she wrote in a letter. "I can’t even tell you how devastated I am by this.” She went on to add, "There's very little information I have other than the fact that she was so incredibly beautiful and far too you."
"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 shared. "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 fan was later identified as Ana Clara Benevides, according to Page Six. The 23-year-old had been waiting for hours to get inside Estádo Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro in sweltering temperatures. She went on to fain in the front row and was “resuscitated at the stadium for about 40 minutes” and suffered a second cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital per Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. They also reported that the head index at the venue "reached 60 degrees C" or 140 degrees F and firefighters "counted a thousand faintings during the event."