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Max Lewis Biography, Net Worth, Age, Married, Family, Dead, Cause of Death



Max Lewis was a student of college who grew up in the  Denver area. Max Lewis was a student at the University of Chicago and had been living in Chicago this summer.

Max Lewis was on his way home on a Thursday from a shift at his summer internship downtown when he was seriously injured on a Green Line CTA elevated train. 

A bullet seemed to go through the window at random and hit Max Lewis on the back of the head. His life ended Sunday when he was taken off life support.

Max Lewis is a rising third-year student of university of Chicago. Max Lewis also studied at UChicago’s Chabad in his Sinai Scholars program.

Max Lewis was president of the University of Chicago chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity.

When he was just 10 years old, Lewis ran with the grown men in a 5K race and came third. After that, he always finished first, Jessica Rivkin, another of his aunts, recalled in a telephone interview. And he would happily take eight-day off-grid hiking trips with his family around Denver, Melissa Rivkin said.


Max Lewis was 20 years old.


Max Lewis was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. Once he came out of sedation, he was paralyzed from the neck down, but psychological conscious. On Saturday night, doctors asked Max Lewis to make a decision, either to stay on a ventilator for the rest of his life or for the doctors to withdraw life support. He nictate the choice from him to his parents and doctors. “Remove the ventilator” Max Lewis died Sunday morning.

On the morning of July 4, Max Lewis left life support, read a statement on a commemorative GoFundMe account created by his fraternity brothers. At press time, more than $ 65,000 had been donated, above its original goal of $ 20,000.


About 80 friends of Lewis from the University of Chicago will travel to Denver to attend his funeral, which is scheduled to hold on Thursday, by the grave at Fairmount Cemetery. 

Melissa Rivkin(Max Lewis aunt) spoke after she arrived from Chicago, where she and the  rest of her family was watching by her nephew’s bedside.

Melissa Rivkin is also a doctor of internal medicine in Denver. 

Max Lewis closest friends described him as spontaneous, athletic, ambitious, funny, and very concerned about people’s well-being.

Caleb Smith-Salzberg was one of several young men who consider Lewis his best friend. He and others of Max’s friends rushed to the hospital Thursday night as soon as they heard what happened.

Smith-Salzberg one of Max Lewis friend, who is also 2” years of age said in an interview from Chicago, where he had just moved into the house where he hoped to live with Lewis that “We have a very close group. Seven or eight of us consider ourselves our best friends. Everybody loved Max”. 

Lewis was always “super motivated,” Smith-Salzberg said. “Whenever he proposed something, he did do it. Everyone could see it in the way he was behaving and in his eyes, he was so focused. Just 10 days ago, Max Lewis was offered a competitive summer internship that he had worked hard to get, for the summer of 2022.

Ari Ezra also said “Max Lewis had just gotten the offer from him and then he was able to let go after being stressed during the process,” who intended to share an apartment in the  house with Lewis. Ezra, also 20 years of age, is currently in Israel with another AEPi brother who works on internships in Tel Aviv through Onward Israel. Both friends plan to watch the live broadcast of Lewis’s funeral.

Noah Kaye another of Lewis’s frat brothers  also said “Max was always very motivated.” In addition to being president of AEPi, Lewis was the chief operating officer of the student investment firm Promontory. He also studied at UChicago’s Chabad in their Sinai Scholars program.

With Lewis, “no matter what kind of conversation it was, it was a good time,” Kaye said. “He was one of the funniest people I knew, but not on purpose. He was very conscientious. No matter what he was saying, he would always make people laugh and smile and be happy, sometimes at his expense. It’s one of the reasons why everyone loved him so much.”

Lewis’s friends said that he often ran from meeting to meeting, rather than walking.

“He came to my apartment last year, stopped for 20 minutes to relax, and then ran back. He would always run, even if it was two blocks. He would say he did it because he was more efficient, ”Ezra said. 

Lewis was also strict about his health, frequently eating only chicken breast and Brussels sprouts for dinner, and he gave up gluten after getting a skin rash last year, Ezra said.

Each year, the extended Rivkin family comes together to remember Lewis’s grandmother, Marsha Rivkin, who died of ovarian cancer in 1993, and raises money for research into the disease by celebrating a career. 

Last Friday night, Lewis’s parents, brother, and aunts joined AEPi members for Shabbat dinner at UChicago Chabad. Hillel Rabbi Anna Levine joined them. 

On Sunday night, the family went to the frat house and spent time with Lewis’s frat brothers, listening to stories about him.

His mother really wants the funeral to be positive and for her to remember wonderful things about Max, and for her not to be sad about what may have been,” Smith-Salzberg said.

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