Professional golfer Erica Blasberg died as a result of suicide. That’s bad enough, but her physician, Dr. Thomas Hess, has been found guilty of obstruction of justice.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has posted an article on The Huffington Post website titled “Dr. Thomas Hess Pleads Guilty In Erica Blasberg Suicide.” It is a sad story all the way around.
I have linked to a bio of Blasberg that relates she was 26 at the time of her death. She is known for winning the Junior Girl’s Amateur Championship in 2000, as well as the 2004 Laconia Savings Bank Golf Classic. You look at her and see she was attractive, and obviously can golf; you can’t imagine why she would want to commit suicide. Of course, we never know what people think.
Blasberg committed suicide in May. She did this by placing a plastic bag over a head while she was full of drugs and ultimately suffocated. The thing is, she left a suicide note.
Dr. Hess was found guilty of a misdemeanor — obstruction of justice. As it turns out, Hess was the one to call 911 about Blasberg’s suicide. However, he took the pills that were around and the bag and the suicide note. He said, according to our reference material, “He didn’t want to cause the parents grief.”
Hess’ home was raided by the police, and it is possible that this issue isn’t closed. It is coming to light that Hess and Blasberg had more than a doctor-patient relationship. Also, Hess is the one who prescribed medicines for Blasberg.
A little more digging finds that, over the last two years, Erica Blasberg had struggled with her golf game, fighting both injury and depression. That brings the possibility of suicide more into focus.
As I said, Blasberg won the Amateur Championship and had a big professional win in 2004. However, apparently her game was going downhill. Further, she mentioned before her death that she had “met a doctor.”
Suicides are always sad. It seems that more and more young people cannot cope and why that is has not been determined.
This reminds me a bit of Michael Jackson’s situation, where there were a lot of questions about all the access to medications.
I don’t think the case of Erica Blasberg’s death is over.
Huffington Post Website, Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Dr. Thomas Hess Pleads Guilty In Erica Blasberg Suicide”
Famtic.com Website, “Erica Blasberg Bio”
CBS Website, “Erica Blasberg’s Father Speaks Out”