University of Miami AEPi Dies After Attending Ultra Music Festival

We are sad to announce that 21-year-old Adam Levine, a senior political science major at the University of Miami and a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, passed away last week after attending Ultra Music Festival.

Reports from Sun Sentinel say he died after complications from a seizure:

On Sunday night, Ultra Music Festival security chief Ray Martinez released a statement:

“It is our understanding that Adam Levine, one of our patrons, was here on Friday night. We can tell you that our security personnel noticed he was having difficulties and immediately called Miami Fire Rescue to get him medical attention…Unfortunately he passed away at the hospital.”

Martinez’s statement also said the festival was cooperating with police in the investigation into Levine’s death.

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Adam Levine passed away last night at Jackson Memorial Hospital….

Posted by UMiami Student Government on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Goddammit this sucks. He was a smart kid. Well-loved. Good head on his shoulders. Involved and passionate about the world around him. Not only was Levine a leader in his fraternity, he was a leader in the student government. When he graduated, he planned on attending dental school.

Harry Kroll, a fraternity brother and roommate of Levine’s, was the first to weigh in on how friendly, positive, and generally awesome Levine was as a person.

“He was such a positive presence,” said Kroll, his roommate and fraternity brother. “He truly had that infectious, magnetic personality.”

Kroll and Levine were fraternity pledges together, and then were roommates for about two years. The last time Kroll saw Levine was the morning he went to the music festival with a group of friends.

Kroll said he’ll never forget how thoughtful Levine was.

“He was the type of guy who would just randomly text you…he would take the time and make other feel valued,” he said. “He had a lot of best friends.”

There aren’t too many details about what caused Levine’s seizure. Maybe he had epilepsy, which was triggered by the pulsating lights of the electronic music festival. Maybe he was severely dehydrated. Maybe he took something funky.

I’m not jumping to conclusions here, but this looks a lot like the last one. I ask all of you planning to go to music festivals this year to look at this article I wrote last year about the MDMA overdoses at Wesleyan University, and how to be smart about taking the drug. Basically, moderation is key. Take a small, key-bump sized dose and sit on it for an hour and a half. Still not feeling it? Take another key-bump sized dose. If you’re not feeling it after that, then you’ve got some bunk shit, and taking any more could cause all the negative side effects with none of the reward.

RIP Adam. You will be missed. The rest of you, be safe out there, and keep an eye on your brothers.

[via Sun Sentinel]

  1. bubba_j

    We have a possible overdose scenario here and you still find it appropriate to condone drug use in the article, even instructing us on how much we should be consuming? Good God that’s fucked up.

    8 years ago at 4:17 pm
    1. BREAUXFRATTER

      I agree. God bless this kid’s family and close friends and I send my condolences. On another note, how smart and politically sound could this kid be to overdose on a drug known to cause fatalities at music festivals?

      8 years ago at 4:22 pm
      1. DWade88

        Thanks for your condolences, but as a friend who witnessed Adam’s first epileptic seizure in middle school, I’m gonna ask you to fuck right off with your assumptions about how he died

        8 years ago at 5:10 pm
    2. Gary Pinkels Visor

      Try and be a little less self-righteous. Like a TFM writer telling people not to do drugs is going to be effective. Not to be a hippie but that was the philosophy of the failed war on drugs. Better off letting some of the younger crowd be safe in the likelihood that they do try it if they attend a festival.

      8 years ago at 4:23 pm
  2. Theta High

    If it was related to drugs, it could’ve been prevented. If you plan on taking drugs remember to stay hydrated, don’t buy shit from people you don’t trust and if you do always test it (there’s testing kits for 40 dollars online that showed me I was getting sold meth not what I thought) and always have someone with you in case anything goes bad.

    8 years ago at 4:22 pm
      1. NightriderNoisewater

        Jesus this site just crashed on me… anywho… The group DanceSafe offers free testing of all drugs at festivals. Find the yellow tent and test your drugs people. It could be the difference between taking MDMA and crystal meth.

        8 years ago at 5:47 pm
      2. Skylark_17

        Great advice. To further elaborate, they’re mainly using black market substances shipped from China rather than MDMA. They’re not using Methamphetamine. If you were on Methamphetamine, you would feel something similar to a very, very intense adderall high. Needless to say, an intense adderall high is actually pretty cool at a festival.

        Test your shit. Don’t do meth

        8 years ago at 8:02 am
      3. Theta High

        Unfortunately, because of the RAVE act, they aren’t allowed to do testing at all the festivals, some of them let them, but in most of them they have to do this illegally so it isn’t that easy to find them. If you know you do drugs more than once a year, you probably should have one of this at your house. Specially with MDMA or what people pass as this.

        8 years ago at 8:38 am
  3. Bill_Waltonloves_LSD

    molly is going to be done whether Buscemi condones it or not. Might as well educate some first timers if you have the platform to do so.

    8 years ago at 4:40 pm
    1. Keep It Buttery

      Exactly. Boosh is well aware that people are going to do it anyway, so why not provide some harmless forewarning? He wasn’t disparaging the gravity of his passing. I feel like people aren’t realizing that.

      8 years ago at 6:52 pm
  4. 1_Rugey_Jentelman

    A tragic ending to today’s news. Condolences to the chapter and community, and best of luck filling the voids he’s undoubtedly left throughout.

    8 years ago at 6:16 pm
  5. GeneralChocha

    When I go I just want someone to tell my children or grandchildren that I always finished my drink and swore the finest out of all my friends.

    8 years ago at 6:48 pm