Doctor: Why I Removed Golf Pro's Suicide Note, Pills

Doctor: Why I Removed Golf Pro's Suicide Note, Pills
Erica Blasberg and Dr. Thomas Hess
Ronen Zilberman/AP; Henderson Police Department/AP

08/26/2010 06:25PM

The doctor arrested for removing LPGA pro Erica Blasberg's suicide note from her room said he knew it was "stupid" but that he did it to save her from any embarrassment.

In a court document, Dr. Thomas Hess, 43, details the days leading up to the 25-year-old's death, saying the two watched golf in her home and at a local casino. They also played golf at the Southern Highlands Golf Club on May 7, two days before he found her dead in her Henderson, Nev., home, with a suicide note left on the nightstand.

Hess was arrested on misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges for removing the note and prescription medication from Blasberg's home. He was released after posting bail.

"I know doing that was – was stupid, but I was trying to save some embarrassment for her," Hess told investigators, according to the court affidavit. Asked why he hid the items, Hess says, "I have no idea. I mean that. That whole thing was a fuzz for me."





Blasberg died of suffocation; she was found with a plastic bag over her head. A coroner's report says she also had "toxic" levels of prescription medication in her system, which was a "significant factor" in her death.

Blasberg had been drinking the day before she was found, Hess told investigators. He says he spoke with an intoxicated Blasberg on the telephone on May 8 before going to her home. After finding her drunk, Hess emptied several bottles of liquor and told Blasberg to take a shower, the affidavit says. Afterward, they both watched TV on her couch before he left.

After not hearing from her the next day, a day in which she was supposed to be in Alabama for a golf tournament, Hess drove to her home and found her dead.

Police are not commenting on the nature of Hess's relationship to Blasberg or if he treated her. In his 911 call, Hess says he knew her "from the golf club," but Blasberg's father, Mel Blasberg, tells ESPN he believes his daughter and Hess had an "intimate" relationship.



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