Pro Golfer Erica Blasberg’s Death Ruled a Suicide

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Months after the 25-year-old LPGA tour member was found non-responsive in her Las Vegas home, police have concluded that her case is one of suicide by suffocation.

People has learned via the the Clark County, Nev. coroner’s office that “toxic” levels of prescription drugs were found in Erica Blasberg’s system at the time of her death. That May 9 scene also documented the presence of a plastic bag secured over Blasberg’s head.

With those two clues in hand, the focus has shifted to Dr. Thomas Hess, the man who made the first call to local law enforcement officials after Blasberg’s body was found. Police have issued a warrant for Hess’ arrest, on charges of obstruction of justice. He allegedly removed items from the scene prior to authorities’ arrival, including prescription pills and a note potentially leading to further information.