Former LPGA pro Erica Blasberg’s death has been ruled a suicide by Nevada's Clark County coroner’s office, according to findings released Tuesday.
And though no foul play is suspected, Henderson (Nev.) Police have issued an arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess, who may have been the last person to see Blasberg alive the night before she died and is the man who made the 911 from her home on the day she was discovered dead nearly four months ago.
Hess is accused of obstruction of justice after police said he admitted removing a suicide note and prescriptions medications from the scene and hiding them in his car.
“Because the scene was altered and Hess stopped cooperating with detectives, an investigation was needed to ensure that there was no foul play involved with Ms. Blasberg’s death,” the police release states.
Blasberg, 25, was found dead on May 9.
According to the coroner, Blasberg’s suicide was caused by asphyxia and toxic levels of prescription medication in her system. Police report that she was found with a plastic bag over her head.
“While asphyxia was the primary cause of death, the presence of prescription drugs in Ms. Blasberg's system was a significant factor,' Coroner Mike Murphy said in a statement. 'Our thoughts are with her family as they move through this tragedy.'
Several prescription drugs were found in Blasberg’s body, drugs that included headache, cough, pain and anti-anxiety medications, according to the toxicology report. Among the drugs identified were butalbital, temazepam, alprazolam, codeine, hydrocodone, and tramadol.
Nevada law does not permit the coroner to release details on the amount of medication present in a decedent’s system, only the presence.
Mel and Debra Blasberg, Erica’s parents, met Tuesday with Henderson Police. The findings were released shortly after their meeting.
Police are expected to release the 911 recording.
Two months ago, police raided Hess’ medical office and home, seizing video cameras, a cell phone, computers and white plastic trash bags similar to one found near Blasberg’s body.
Mel Blasberg told GolfChannel.com last week that he was frustrated that after giving an initial interview with police, Hess hired an attorney and went silent. Mel said he believed the mystery behind what led to his daughter's death may never be known until Hess cooperates fully.
“The more and more I find out about the doctor, the more upset I get, but I cannot get into details about that,” Mel said last week.
Mel also said he did not know the exact nature of his daughter's relationship with Hess, but that it went beyond a doctor-patient relationship and that they played golf together.
'It’s time for Dr. Hess to tell us what happened,” Mel Blasberg said. “I believe without him telling us, I will always think that I could have done something more for Erica.”
Blasberg has made known his plan to pursue a civil suit against Hess.
Golf Channel’s Scott Walker is on the scene and will file a report on Golf Central Tuesday at 6 and 11:30 p.m. (ET).