Suicide has been ruled in LPGA golfer, Erica Blasberg’s death, reports Los Angeles Times. The golfer’s cause of death has been under investigation since her death four months ago. She had a fatal dosage of prescription medication.
Asphyxia and Drug Overdose Cause of Erica Blasberg’s Death
Blasberg died from asphyxia and an overdose of prescription drugs. The prescription medications included remedies for headache, pain, cough and anti-anxiety drugs – all in her system, said the coroner’s office in Clark County, Nev. on Tuesday.
“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 in the Los Angeles Times.
Murphy said his ruling in Blasberg’s death came from drugs he discovered in her system. They were: alprazolam, butalbital, tramadol, temazepam codeine, and hydrocodone. Due to Nevada law, release of how much medication was in Blasberg’s body can’t be revealed.
Dr. Thomas Hess Ruled Out in Foul Play of LPGA Golfer’s Death
The Henderson Police Department ruled out Dr. Thomas Hess involved in foul play over Erica Blasberg’s death on Tuesday as well. However, Hess was issued an arrest warrant on misdemeanor charges on obstruction of justice.
The doctor is accused of removing items from Blasberg’s home in Henderson, Nev. before police arrived at the scene where the death happened. Police report Hess called 911 from Blasberg’s home the day she died in May, but was no where to be found when they showed up.
Police state Hess admitted he altered the scene by hiding prescription medications and a suicide note. He also quit cooperating with detectives in their investigation.The LPGA golfer was 25 and in her sixth LPGA Tour. Erica Blasberg was an accomplished young woman, being a two-time All-American at the University of Arizona where she earned NCAA freshman of the year and 2003’s Pac-10 player of the year.
Source: Los Angeles Times