LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg killed herself
9, 2008 at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Course in Mobile, Ala. Her agent has said she was packed to travel to the 2010 edition of the Bell Micro in Mobile when she killed herself in May.
LAS VEGAS The Clark County coroner’s office ruled Tuesday that 25 year old professional golfer Erica Blasberg’s death was a suicide.
Blasberg died May 9 at her home in Henderson, about 15 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. She was found with a plastic bag secured over her head. Blasberg’s agent has said her bags were packed for a tournament in Mobile, Ala., when she was found.
Henderson police said that while no foul play is suspected they have issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges. Police said Hess, who discovered Blasberg’s body, removed items from the scene, including a suicide note.
The contents of the note haven’t been disclosed.
View full size(Henderson Police Department)This image provided by the Henderson, Nev., Police Department shows Thomas Hess, who surrendered to Henderson Police Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010 for a warrant for removing items from the suicide scene of professional golfer Erica Blasberg, whose body Adidas Outlet Hess discovered.
David Mincavage, an assistant city attorney in Henderson, said the nonviolent misdemeanor charges against Hess carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Mincavage said he could not comment further on the case, and Paul declined to say whether additional charges were possible.
The coroner’s office said Blasberg died of suicide due to asphyxia, coupled with the presence of toxic levels of prescription medication in her system, including prescription headache, cough, pain and anti anxiety medications.
The drugs in Blasberg’s system included butalbital (Fioricet), temazepam, alprazolam (Xanax), codeine, hydrocodone (Lortab), and tramadol, according to the coroner, but Nevada law doesn’t permit the release of details on the amounts of Adidas Outlet medication.
“While asphyxia was the primary cause of death, the presence of prescription drugs in Ms. Blasberg’s system was a significant factor,” Coroner Michael Murphy said.
A 911 call from Hess that summoned police came from the house, and Blasberg was alone when officers arrived, police have said.
The death investigation was complicated, police said, because Hess admitted altering the scene including the removal of the note indicating Blasberg took her own life and he stopped cooperating with detectives. Hess hid the note and prescription medications in his vehicle.
In a 911 call obtained from police by The Associated Press, Hess says he came to the house to check on her afte Adidas Outlet r she didn’t leave for the tournament.
“I called her yesterday, she was supposed to be leaving for a golf to Adidas Outlet urnament but she didn’t,” an agitated Hess said on the call. “She picked up the phone and she sounded intoxicated at that time.”
Hess said Blasberg had consumed a “couple drinks” and was sad the night before her death, but didn’t indicate she wanted to kill herself.