Rhett Fisher, a BYU electrical engineering student from Apopka, Fla., and member of the men’s chorus, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 22.
According to Fisher’s mother, the cause of death has not yet been determined. However, Fisher reportedly had epilepsy, and investigators believe he may have fatally injured himself during a seizure.
Kim Chamberlain, a close friend of Fisher, described him as playful, loving and as an extremely dedicated individual.
“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.”
Despite his epilepsy, Fisher’s goal was to serve as a full-time missionary, following in the footsteps of his recently returned brother.
Kevin Hale, the bishop of Fisher’s YSA ward, had been helping Fisher prepare to serve a mission and had set a goal for him to be ready by June.
“He was a person who tried to make his life as good as he possibly could, and he had a very strong desire to go on a mission,” Hale said. “I have no doubt that he will be put to work on the other side.”
Fisher’s mother said her son had a strong passion and talent for singing. He was determined to sing in BYU’s Men’s Chorus and tried out three times before being admitted.
“He wanted to be a member of the BYU Men’s Chorus ever since he was a little boy in Primary,” said Fisher’s mother, Stacey Fisher. “The highlight of his BYU days was singing with the Men’s Chorus.”
The Facebook page for the BYU Men’s Chorus posted a tribute hymn of “Nearer My God to Thee,” in honor of their departed choir mate.
“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 Facebook posts lament the loss and remember the qualities Rhett Fisher possessed.
Rhett Fisher was a recipient of The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and was only one semester away from graduation.
“He will be remembered for his marvelous and his great smile, and always with a hint of mischief,” his father said.
A memorial service for Rhett Fisher was held on Monday, March 24, and future services will be held in Fisher’s hometown.