In May of this year, I wrote about promising, young LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, who was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada, the day she was supposed to leave for a tournament in Alabama. The circumstances surrounding her death were a mystery, but now it has officially been ruled a suicide by suffocation. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Hess, a friend of the 25-year-old who called 911 upon finding her body, was arrested by police and will likely be charged with obstruction of justice because police say he removed pills and a suicide note from her home before authorities arrived. When Blasberg’s body was first discovered, friends and family members insisted that she was a happy woman who would never take her own life. While the reasoning behind her suicide is still a mystery, police say she was discovered with a plastic bag over her head and “toxic” levels of prescription medication in her system. Hess’ motive for tampering with evidence has also not been explained, but he willingly turned himself into police when the arrest warrant was issued and there’s no indication from police that he’ll be charged with anything other than obstruction of justice.
While this is certainly a sad conclusion to an already tragic story, hopefully this will help Erica Blasberg’s family heal. [Bumpshack]