- Letters to Editor
By WESLEY ROBINSON
An Eastern student was found dead in his dorm room late Monday night.
Benjamin Fish, 24, was pronounced dead Sept. 23 in his residence hall room in Telford Hall at approximately 10:45 p.m. Fish was an environmental science senior from Prestonsburg.
Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said no foul play is suspected. Cornelison said Fish was found sitting in a chair in his room.
Fish lived in a private room. Marc Whitt, university spokesman, said housing staff in Telford Hall was contacted to check on Fish. The staff then called EKU Police for assistance after finding Fish’s body.
Cornelison said no cause of death has been determined and it will take two weeks for the toxicology report to return. He added that he has spoken with Fish’s family to obtain medical records to determine whether the deceased had past medical history that could have led to his death.
“Until I get the tests back I don’t know,” Cornelison said. “I wish I could do like they do on TV, but I can’t.”
Diane Fish, said that she talked to her son around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Fish said she had just spent the weekend with Fish, which was her birthday weekend. She said the other family members went to dinner Saturday and that the two spent Sunday watching his favorite football team, the Tennessee Titans.
“It’s not supposed to happen this way,” Fish said of her son’s death. “This is not what I want for my son right now.”
Fish said her son was very outgoing and had lots of friends. He attended Eastern since graduating from Prestonsburg High School in 2007. He enjoyed football, golf and fishing. He was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Fish is survived by his father, Jimmy Fish of Inez; mother, Diane Blankenship Fish of Prestonsburg; his daughter; Annason Taylor Fish of Prestonsburg,; sister; Ashley Fish Bowling of Lexington; grandmother Wanda Fleming Blankenship, Prestonsburg.
Visitation is today at 10 a.m. at the Prestonsburg Church of Christ. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the church.