Thomas Hess has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction in the suicide of 25-year-old golfer Erica Blasberg.
The passionate golfer, who turned professional in 2004 and had a five year career on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, was found dead at her home on May 9.
In an interview reported in the Riverside County Press-Enterprise the following day, her father was quoted as saying, “At first glance it looks like she might have taken her own life, but at a second glance, something is very, very strange about it.”
According to reports, Thomas Hess, a Las Vegas physician, admitted to removing a suicide note and prescription pills from the young golfer’s home before police arrived to investigate her death, saying that he wanted to spare her family embarassment.
In August suicide was ruled as the cause of death, with asphyxia cited as the main cause of death and the presence of prescription drugs also cited as a “significant factor in her death”.
Blasberg’s father had previously denied that his daughter was clinically depressed, although he did admit that she was taking Xanax for anxiety.
Thomas Hess has been sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.
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