Erica Blasberg was a member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. She played on the tour from 2005 to 2009 before she committed suicide on May 9, 2010. Blasberg was 25 years old.
Erica Blasberg played collegiate golf in 2003 and 2004 at Arizona State University. Blasberg was the NCAA's top-ranked female golfer as a freshman and was named an All-American in both seasons.
After leaving Arizona State, Blasberg won one tournament on the Futures Tour before she joined the LPGA Tour in 2005. Blasberg won tour-exempt status in 2006 after a successful LPGA Qualifying School tournament but lost her exempt status after the season.
Blasberg's best year was in 2008 when she won $113,428, but an attempt to regain tour-exempt status failed in the 2009 Qualifying School.
Blasberg was found with a plastic bag over her head on May 9, 2010. The coroner's office in Clark County, Nevada, ruled her death a suicide in August 2010. She reportedly had a relationship with Dr. Thomas Hess, who denied claims that the relationship was romantic. Blasberg's parents believed Hess was involved in her suicide.
Hess was found not liable in May 2014 in a civil lawsuit filed by Blasberg's parents. Hess was accused of wrongful death and medical malpractice.