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Police investigating death of UM student who attended Ultra Music Festival

Scenes from the last day of Ultra Music Festival

Crowds enjoy the music at the last day of the Ultra Music Festival Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Bayfront Park in Miami.
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Crowds enjoy the music at the last day of the Ultra Music Festival Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Bayfront Park in Miami.

Police are investigating the death of a University of Miami student who became ill at the Ultra Music Festival and later died at the hospital.

Adam Levine, 21, a senior majoring in political science, was at Ultra in downtown Miami on Friday, Ray Martinez, chief of security of the music festival, confirmed in an email on Sunday.

“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,” he said. “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.”


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

Adam’s mother, Laurie, declined to speak with a reporter about her son’s death.

Police on Sunday confirmed they are investigating, but would not release any other details.

“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,” Martinez said. “At this time, we do not have any further details.”

An email went out to UM students Saturday announcing Levine’s death.

“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 in the email.

Levine, from Virginia, was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and a leader in student government.

“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.”

Miami police would not release information Sunday on any other incidents or the number of arrests at Ultra. A department spokesman said last week that details on police activity at the festival would be released Monday.

The three-day festival, which began Friday, drew thousands of people from all over the world to Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard to enjoy electronic music.

By the third day, many people were tired — and wet from the rain.

“I've got school tomorrow,” University of Florida student Isaac Broad, 19, said Sunday afternoon from under a tree.

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