Coroner Says It Could Take 3 Months for Cause of Erica Blasberg‘s Death
Dad Says LPGA Star Was ‘Very Motivated’ and Doubts She Committed Suicide

May 12, 2010

The father of golfer Erica Blasberg said today he does not believe his daughter committed suicide, but the coroner’s office said it could take as long as three months to determine the cause of death.

Mel Blasberg told ABC News that he was bewildered by the death of his 25-year-old daughter, a golf pro who was supposed to rejoin the LPGA tour this past weekend in an Alabama tournament.

Instead, she was found dead in her bed by a friend on Sunday.

“We don’t know what happened,” her father said. “It’s just difficult for us.”

“There are questions that have to be answered and I trust that we’ll get answers,” he said.

Henderson Police are holding off on the cause of death pending their investigation and the results of a toxicology screening by the Clark County Coroner. A spokesperson for the coroner said it could take up to 12 weeks to determine the cause of death while the office awaits lab results.

Mel Blasberg told ABC News that his daughter couldn’t have been “more up, more positive” and was looking forward to the tournament in Alabama.

Cleveland Golf, the equipment and apparel maker, had sent Blasberg a brand new bag. “She was the only one in the world who had this special bag because she represents the ladies line,” her father said.

He said the new golf bag, along with her travel bag, was in the trunk of her car, ready for her drive to the airport Saturday morning.

“This was a very motivated person to get to Alabama this week,” he said.

Blasberg never made her flight.

Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul told that police responded to a 911 call at Blasberg’s suburban three-bedroom house at 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Paul declined to name the person who made the call, saying it was part of the investigation.

But Mel Blasberg told ABC affiliate KTNV that there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body.

Purple ribbons will be worn by the players at the event in Alabama in honor of Blasberg.

“I don’t know if it was a suicide or homicide, but I can never imagine her being a person to take her own life or someone wanting to hurt her,” her former University of Arizona teammate, Laura Ianello, told

Greg Allen, her former Arizona coach, said, “I don’t know what the reports are going to be,” in an interview with “I want her to be remembered as that sweet, sweet girl who loved life and being around people, who liked to cut up and have fun.”

Her first day of practice at Arizona, Blasberg was given the nickname “Skip.”

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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