Erica Blasberg's Death Ruled a Suicide: Could It Possibly Be More?

Chris PolsonContributor IAugust 25, 2010

CORNING, NY - MAY 24:   Erica Blasberg waits for the green to clear on the fourth hole during the third round of the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning Country Club on May 24, 2008 in Corning, New York.  (Photo by Kyle Auclair/Getty Images)
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Just a side note: other than facts you can look up on Yahoo or Google, this is pure speculation on my part.

First of all, while I don't mind writing this piece, it makes me sad that nobody else has written about this news.

But I guess that's the state of the LPGA in general, which is disappointing because week-to-week the ladies are just as much fun to watch as the men.  And up until recently, the LPGA was more intriguing every week because the number one player changes every week. 

But with Tiger Wood's struggles and the FedEx Cup, things have gotten more interesting with the men as well. 

But I digress.

Back in May, 25-year-old Erica Blasberg was found dead in her Las Vegas home, but there was no answer as to what happened.  I follow the LPGA a little, and I knew who she was and feared the worst. 

She's struggled since leaving college after her Freshman year to turn pro in 2004, having only one top-ten and missing several cuts. 

So when news came out early today that the coroner ruled it was a suicide due to asphyxia, I wasn't really surprised.  I can't imagine the pressure she's probably put under by sponsors, media, fans and more importantly herself.  This kind of thing happens in sports all the time and its extremely unfortunate.

But after reading further, there seems to be more to the story.

It turns out her doctor, Dr. Hess, was the one that made the call to 911.  He tried to revive her but couldn't.  The 911 dispatcher tells him to not touch anything else until they get there and can take over. 

He complies—so we thought.

We now find out that Dr. Hess took the medication she was taking, which helped in her death, along with the suicide note.  I won't list all of the medications here, you can go to Google or Yahoo for that, but it was a combination of pain relievers and anti-anxiety medication. 

Hess eventually turned himself in and was released on bail.

I love reading sports articles on Yahoo, but I dislike a lot of the people that leave comments.  People were making wild accusations like the doctor was in love with her but she wasn't in love with him so he killed her. 

Even more appalling are people who insist he raped then killed her and managed to clean it up.  I think the coroner could figure out if that kind of foul play was involved and report it to the police immediately, so I'm going to ignore these cruel comments. 

But being a big Batman fan, the detective in me had some questions.

  • If he didn't do anything wrong, why did he need to hide the note and medication?
  • How do we know he didn't write the note himself?  Was the note in her handwriting?
  • Did he prescribe this medication and how much did he give her?
  • If he knew she was unhappy, which he claims to, saying she was intoxicated the last time he talked to her, why didn't he warn her parents?
  • How did he even have a key to her house in the first place?

I seriously think these questions ought to be answered before police and coroners automatically rule this as a suicide. Her father was very adamant that it wasn't suicide immediately following her death. 

From reading what other LPGA players and friends have said, she seemed like a very friendly and happy person, despite her struggles on tour. I can't be certain that her father would want the case re-opened and find out more about this doctor and the events of that May evening, but if it were my daughter and I was unsure, I would do everything in my power to have all of the facts before putting it to rest.

But that's just one man's opinion. 

I would recommend to everyone interested to read the Yahoo article in the Golf section.  Thanks for reading.