LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — USC is mourning the loss of a student who died in a fall while on spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Samuel Levine, 22, a Psychology major, was was set to graduate in June. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Authorities in Mexico say Levine appears to have been trying to get into a hotel room by climbing outside a restricted area and onto an air conditioning unit.
The fiber glass surrounding that unit couldn’t hold his weight, and he fell six floors to his death.
Mexican police said he died of severe head trauma.
Investigators say Levine had alcohol in his system, and his friends confirmed that he had been drinking before the deadly fall.
Before going to USC, Levine was a star basketball player and top student at Oak Park High School.
He was even named the Tri-Valley League MVP in 2009.
“I remember him as a humble, hard-working leader who loved his teammates and playing basketball for Oak Park,” Levine’s former basketball coach Tim Chevalier told The Acorn.
The Dean of USC Dornsife, Steven A. Kay, released a statement Wednesday:
“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden passing of a member of our community and the Trojan Family.
Samuel Levine, a junior majoring in psychology, died yesterday in an accident while on spring break.
Our deepest sympathies are with Sam’s parents and family members, with his close friends in the Sigma Chi fraternity and around campus, and with each of you in the psychology department.
Sam touched so many of us here at USC with his talents and ambition, and we all grieve for his incredibly promising life that was tragically cut short.”
According to The Acorn, Levine is survived by two older brothers, Ryan and Andrew, and his parents, Michael and Debra.