Ana Benevides’ father is speaking out after his daughter, a Taylor Swift fan, died Friday at the singer’s concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, amid extreme temperatures.
“I lost my only daughter, a happy and intelligent girl. She was about to graduate in psychology next April, saving money,” Weiny Machado, 53 told Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo (via Hindustan Times).
“I have no words to express my pain. She left home to fulfill a dream and came back dead.”
Machado added that he wants an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ana’s death.
“I want it to be found out whether they were in fact prohibited from bringing water, whether there was negligence in providing assistance,” he stated.
As Page Six previously reported, Benevides died shortly before Swift’s Brazil Eras Tour show kicked off due to sweltering conditions.
According to Folha de S.Paulo, the young woman “fainted” while she was in the front row and was “resuscitated at the stadium for about 40 minutes” before suffering a second cardiac arrest while on the way to a hospital.
Benevides reportedly died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.
The newspaper added that the heat index at the stadium “reached 60º C” or 140° F and firefighters reportedly “counted a thousand faintings during the event.”
Fans on social media claimed they had been prohibited from bringing water bottles into the stadium.
In multiple videos shared over the weekend, Swift could be seen stopping her show several times to ask for water on behalf of her fans, who were chanting for water at one point.