Coroner says LPGA golfer Blasberg death a suicide

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When asked by the female operator whether Blasberg was beyond resuscitation, Hess replied: “I’m a doctor.”

But Hess didn’t say he was Blasberg’s doctor, instead saying he “knew her from the golf club.”

When the operator told Hess she was sending police, she asked him to wait outside the house.

“Try not to touch anything,” she said.

“Yes ma’am,” he replied.

Calls from The Associated Press to Blasberg’s father, Mel Blasberg, her agent Chase Callahan and Hess‘ lawyer Charles Kelly were not immediately returned.

The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners in Reno said Hess‘ medical license is active and he has had no disciplinary action or pending complaints. He got his license to practice in Nevada in July 2003.

Blasberg grew up in Southern California, and was in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour.

She was a former junior golf standout, an All-American in 2003 and 2004. She was the 2003 NCAA Freshman of the Year and 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year while at the University of Arizona.

She turned professional in June 2004, and won once on the Duramed FUTURES Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2005.

Her best year on Tour was 2008, when she earned a career-best tie for eighth at the SBS Open in Hawaii and more than $113,000 in winnings, the LPGA said.

Blasberg played in one event this season, tying for 44th in the April 29-May 2 Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

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Associated Press writer Oskar Garcia contributed to this report.

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