Benson lawyer, 29, dies from flu complications


From staff reports

BENSON — A 29-year-old Benson attorney died Tuesday, Oct. 2 of a sudden heart attack following complications from the flu.

The state Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t officially start tracking flu-related illnesses in North Carolina for another week.

In the 2017-18 flu season, a record 389 people died statewide. More than 80,000 people died of flu-related illness nationwide, the highest number in more than 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scarlett VanStory Levinson was a member of the Levinson & Axford law firm with offices in Benson and Raleigh.

“Scarlett was a valued and beloved member of our firms, remarkable for her generosity, wit and big heart,” the firm said in a prepared statement. “We have lost a great friend, colleague and partner. She will be missed by everyone at our firms, our families and the North Carolina community at large.”

Levinson graduated from Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. She is survived by her husband, Lee Levinson.

Levinson’s passing marks the second flu-related death in North Carolina this season, following an elderly Buncombe County resident.

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