Samuel Levine, a junior at the University of Southern California, died in an accident while he was on spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the university announced Wednesday. He was 22.
According to KTLA 5, the USC student died Tuesday after falling from the sixth-floor balcony of his hotel room. Mexican police said Levine died of severe head trauma, ABC affiliate KABC reports.
Steven Kay, the dean of USC's Dornsife College, addressed Levine's tragic passing in a statement:
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.
During his time at USC, Levine majored in psychology and participated in Greek life as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated from Southern California's Oak Park High School in 2009, where he played on the basketball team for four years.
Levine's former coach Tim Chevalier said the USC junior was expected to graduate in May, according the Acorn.
"He was a pretty dynamic guy," Chevalier said. "The greatest memories I have of Sam is the smile that he wore — it would light up a room."