Erica Blasberg’s Doctor Pleads Guilty in Suicide

Thomas Hess, a Las Vegas physician pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction in the suicide of Erica Blasberg.

Hess who admitted to removing a suicide note and prescription medications from Blasberg’s home before police showed up to investigate said he wanted to spare her family the supposed embarrassment of a suicide; was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.

25-year-old Blasberg who joined the LPGA Tour in 2005, was found in May with a plastic bag over her head.  Her parents initially expressed skepticism that the cause of death was suicide but in August police confirmed that it was.

According to her parents Blasberg had been taking Xanax for anxiety.  Shortly after Blasberg’s death, police raided Hess’ office and home in search of “small blue oval pills in a 30 package blister pack,” as well as a specific type of trash bag.  The same type of pill package and trash bag were found in Blasberg’s residence.

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