A 21-year-old University of Miami student has died after attending the opening day of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The young man has been identified as Adam Levine, and has been described as “an incredible friend to many with a kind heart and an amazing sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day,” according to a comment left on the UMiami Student Government Facebook.
Levine died on March 18 after falling ill and being rushed to hospital. Police are investigating the death of the young man and are still not sure what happened, nor do the security staff at Ultra Music Festival. According to the Miami Herald, Ultra Music Festival’s chief of security Ray Martinez, penned the following email about the death of Levine.
“While we don’t have many details, we know that our security personnel noticed that Adam was having difficulties and immediately called Miami Fire paramedics so medical assistance could occur. From what we have been told, paramedics initiated medical treatment and transported Adam to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Most unfortunately, Adam passed away at the hospital.”
The email continues, “We, of course, are fully cooperating with the Miami police and the Miami-Dade medical examiner as they look into the circumstances surrounding this most unfortunate situation. At this time, we do not have any further details.”
Miami Police on Sunday confirmed that they are investigating the death at the Ultra Music Festival, but would not release any other details about Levine’s death or any other incidents including the number of arrests at the Ultra Music Festival until Monday.
The three-day Ultra Music Festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday, drew thousands of people from all over the world to Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard to listen to the likes of Deadmau5, Avicii, Tiësto, The Prodigy, Pendulum, and Carl Cox. According to Billboard the death of Levine on the first day of the Ultra Music Festival, that an estimated 165,000 people attended, was a shock to festival goers as well as Levine’s friends.
News of his untimely death spread quickly and messages flooded his Facebook account. Many friends and family expressed their sadness and disbelief at Levine’s death, the cause of which is still unknown.
Current student government president, senior Brianna Hathaway, recalled how much Levine influenced her.
“Adam always pushed me to reach for the stars and was my biggest cheerleader through everything I endeavored to achieve.”
Another friend remembered him as being “somebody in the fraternity that everyone could talk to because he made everyone feel comfortable and always had jokes to tell.”
Levine was a senior political science major at UM and was involved in many organizations on campus. An official email was sent out by UM on Saturday, the day after the 21-years-old’s death, as well as a Facebook tribute.
“Adam was an exceptional student government leader,” UMiami Student Government posted on its Facebook page with a picture of Levine. “Adam was a hardworking, passionate leader who always dedicated himself completely to every project he was involved with.”
“Truly beloved by all, Adam’s outgoing, caring personality and sense of humor was known to always make his friends smile,” Patricia A. Whitely, UM’s vice president for student affairs said.
Levine was a member of the campus fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi. After his frat brothers learned about his death at Ultra Music Festival, they started selling T-shirts in his honor according to Miami News Times. The T-shirts have a quote on them from Levine: “Like the celebrity, but better.”
Funds raised from the $15 shirts will go towards planting a tree in Levine’s memory at UM and also be donated to Camp Harlam, a Jewish summer camp in the Pocono Mountains, which Levine loved.
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