Erica Blasberg was an American golfer who played on the LPGA Tour.
Blasberg was considered one of the LPGA's more photogenic players and in February 2006 Puma signed her to endorse and wear their clothing.ESPN radio once compared her to Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA golfer who did a swimsuit calendar.
Blasberg's body was found at her Henderson, Nevada, home on the afternoon of May 9, 2010, according to local police. As of her May 19 memorial service, no cause of death has been disclosed and an investigation is ongoing.According to an Associated Press story, Henderson police were dispatched to Blasberg's home in response to a 911 call around 3:00 PM (PT). The source of the 911 call was not released, as it is part of the investigation.In an interview reported in the Riverside County Press-Enterprise on May 10, Blasberg's father, Mel Blasberg, was quoted saying, "At first glance it looks like she might have taken her own life, but at second glance, something is very, very strange about it. We're waiting for the police to make an investigation."Missy Pederson, who was supposed to be Blasberg's caddy at a May 10 qualifying round for the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama, told the New York Times that Blasberg had sent her a text in the early morning hours of May 9. In the message, Blasberg told Pederson she was not going to play in the tournament. A worried Pederson sent a text back to Blasberg, asking if she was all right, but Blasberg never replied.However, Blasberg's agent revealed that Blasberg's bags were packed at the time of her death.
On May 13, 2010, police in Henderson, Nevada, executed a search warrant for the home and office of Dr. Thomas Hess in the ongoing investigation into Blasberg's death.The search warrant listed an anti-anxiety medication, Xanax, plastic garbage bags, and a sample of Dr. Hess's handwriting.An inventory of the materials seized in the search of Dr. Hess's house includes two computers, a cell phone, two video cameras and a GPS unit. A computer and white trash bags were seized from Dr. Hess's office.Citing "sources close to the investigation," the CBS Early Show reported on June 2, 2010, that Dr. Hess spoke to Blasberg the night before her death and was the person who called 911 from Blasberg's residence.CBS also reported that a white trash bag, similar to the one seized from Dr. Hess's office or home, was found near Blasberg's body.Blasberg's father, Mel Blasberg, appeared on the Early Show on June 2, 2010, and denied that his daughter was clinically depressed, having financial troubles or was otherwise unhappy with her recent performances.
On August 24, 2010 the Clark County coroner's office ruled that Blasberg's death was caused by suicide. Asphyxia was cited as the primary cause of death with the presence of prescription drugs in Blasberg's system also cited as a "significant factor in her death." The Henderson, Nevada police said that no foul play was suspected in her death, but they issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges.