PGA pro Erica Blasberg’s death was a ruled a suicide by suffocation by the coroner’s office and police plan to arrest her doctor that called 911 and removed pills and a note from the crime scene.
Golf pro Erica Blasberg died from suffocation, according to the autopsy report.
“Blasberg was found deceased in her Henderson home with a plastic bag secured over her head,” the Clark County Nevada Coroner’s Office stated on Tuesday. There were also “toxic” levels of prescription medication in Blasberg’s system.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Dr. Thomas Hess, a family doctor in Las Vegas, for obstruction of justice charges for removing items from the golf pro’s home before police arrived on May 9. Dr. Hess is the one who called police after finding Blasberg non-responsive.
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“Hess admitted to removing a note indicating Ms. Blasberg had taken her own life,” the statement says. “He hid it in his vehicle along with prescription medications taken from her house.”
The police spokesman would not give any details about Erica Blasberg’s death or Hess’s relationship to the 25-year-old golfer. Hess said in the 911 call that he knew her from “the golf club.”
“I called her yesterday. She was supposed to be leaving for a golf tournament but she didn’t,” he told the 911 operator. “She picked up the phone and she sounded intoxicated at that time.”
When the 911 operator asked about Blasberg was beyond help, he said, “I am. I’m a doctor.” Dr. Hess stated, “I just wanted to make sure she was doing okay.”
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Erica Blasberg reportedly had a hard time at the professional level in golf but was working to get her game back on track. Blasberg’s luggage was packed and she had planned to play at a golf tournament in Alabama when she passed away.
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