The Eastern Kentucky University student found dead Monday night in his dorm room was described by one of his professors as a “hard-working student” who was on track to graduate this spring.

Benji Fish, 24, was a senior environmental health science major from Prestonsburg.

He was found dead in his room late Monday night at Telford Hall. No foul play is suspected, according to Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison.

A final toxicology report is expected to be completed in two weeks, according to a statement from the university.

Dr. Sheila Pressley was Fish’s adviser and professor in the Environmental Health Science Department.

“When I first met him, I realized he had potential to be a good environmental health professional,” Pressley said.

He was hard-working and was a “bright young man,” she said.

Pressley acknowledged that Fish faced challenges, as many college students do, but he was on the pathway to graduation.

The professor, who had Fish in at least one class while he attended EKU and advised him on coursework, said his family was supportive of his pursuit of a higher education.

“This has hit me hard today,” Pressley said.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.

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