Rhett Fisher, a BYU electrical engineering student and member of the men’s chorus, from Apopka, Fla., died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 22.
The cause of Fisher’s death has not yet been determined, his friends said. However, Fisher reportedly suffered from epilepsy, although he had been without incident since June of 2013.
Kim Chamberlain, a close friend of Fisher, described him as playful, loving and as an extremely dedicated individual. Despite his epilepsy, Fisher’s goal was to serve as a full-time missionary, following in the footsteps of his recently returned brother.
“He was a fighter,” Chamberlain said. “He was the type who never gave up on anything he set his mind to. He had the biggest heart, loved giving service to others, had a strong testimony and love of the scriptures and always wanted to do the right thing.”
Chamberlain said Fisher had a strong passion and talent for singing; he tried out for the BYU Men’s Chorus three times before being admitted.
The Facebook page for the BYU Men’s Chorus has posted a tribute hymn of “Nearer My God to Thee.”
“One of our own passed away last night,” the BYU Men’s Chorus Facebook page read. “He was a great man who added so much strength to the choir and lived for every minute he had in the choir.”
Dozens of posts lament the loss and remember the qualities Fisher possessed.
A memorial service for Fisher was held on Monday, March 24, and future services are likely to be held in Fisher’s hometown.