USC senior dies in fall from hotel balcony on spring break trip


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A 22-year-old USC senior is dead after falling from a hotel room balcony during a spring break trip in Mexico, according to reports.

Samuel Levine, a psychology major and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity who was set to graduate in June, fell from the sixth-floor balcony while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, KTLA-TV reported.


Levine was a 2009 graduate of Ventura County’s Oak Park High School, where he was a standout basketball player.

“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’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Steven A. Kay, said the university’s ‘deepest sympathies’ were with Levine’s family, friends and classmates.

‘Sam touched so many of us here at USC with his talents and ambition,’ Kay said in a statement, ‘and we all grieve for his incredibly promising life that was tragically cut short.”


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