Tributes paid as heir to Lord Fisher dies at 35

PUBLISHED: 07:20 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 August 2015

John Fisher

John Fisher


Lady Kay Fisher has said her family is “heartbroken” after the death of her son.

John Carnegie Vavasseur Fisher died on Sunday at the age of 35. His death came after a long struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues, Lady Fisher said.

She described him as “a bright boy” who had only married his wife Sasha in November of last year.

He had also recently been accepted for a place at Cambridge to study for an MA in English Literature.

“He was kind and gentle and sensitive, and very clever, and vulnerable,” she said.

“We are all devastated. One of my daughters had just had a baby and he was very excited about that, and he was looking forward to attending Cambridge.

“He was such a dear boy and we are still coming to terms with the shock.”

Mr Fisher was raised in Risby and attended Eton.

He lived in Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, at Highwaymans, but often stayed at his family’s estate in Kilverstone.

He was the second of seven children of his father, Lord Patrick Fisher, and the first son.

Lady Fisher said he had struggled with drug abuse during his teenage years.

Lady Fisher said her own work as a trustee with the Rethink Mental Illness charity had been prompted by her son’s struggles.

Mr Fisher’s father is the great grandson of Admiral Lord ‘Jacky’ Fisher, First Sea Lord during the First World War.

An inquest into his death is due to open in Norwich today.

•To leave a tribute to Mr Fisher, email reporter Andrew Fitchett on

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