LPGA player's death ruled a suicide

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Henderson, NV - The death of former LPGA Tour player Erica Blasberg has been ruled a suicide by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

The 25-year-old was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nev. on May 9. According to responding police, Blasberg was found with a plastic bag secured over her head.

The coroner ruled the death a suicide due to asphyxia and toxic levels of prescription medication in her system.

Dr. Thomas Hess, Blasberg's personal doctor, is being sought by police on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly removing items from the scene prior to officers arriving.

Among items Hess removed was a suicide note and prescription medication, according to Henderson Police.

Blasberg was in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour. She turned professional in June 2004 and qualified to join the tour a year later.

A native of Southern California, Blasberg was a two-time All-American at the University of Arizona, where she was named NCAA Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2003.

Blasberg had her best year on Tour in 2008, when she earned a career-best tie for eighth at the SBS Open in Hawaii and more than $113,000 in winnings. She had played in only one event this season, the Tres Marias Championship, where she tied for 44th.


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