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LPGA Player Found Dead


LPGA player Erica Blasberg was found dead in her Henderson, Nev., home Sunday afternoon, according to police. She was 25.

No cause of death was disclosed, according to a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner's Office, because of a pending investigation. However, Mel Blasberg, Erica's father, told the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise that his daughter might have died by her own hand.

"At first glance, it looks like she might have taken her own life, but at second glance, something is very, very strange about it," Mel Blasberg told the Press-Enterprise by phone from Nevada. "We're waiting for the police to make an investigation. Either way, I lost her and it's impossible to deal with."

In her only tournament in 2010, Blasberg finished tied for 44th two weeks ago at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.

The native of Orange, Calif., turned professional in June 2004 after a stellar college career. While at the University of Arizona, Blasberg won six tournaments in two years. She was named Golfweek's 2003 Player of the Year after finishing the season No. 1 in the Division I rankings. She also was '03 NGCA Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Player of the Year and competed on the winning 2004 Curtis Cup team.

After becoming a pro, Blasberg had four top-10s in eight starts on the Futures Tour, including a victory at the Lacona Savings Bank Futures Golf Classic, and qualified for the LPGA Tour later that fall.

Blasberg struggled after joining the LPGA, never finishing higher than 94th on the money list. She moved to Henderson four years ago. Funeral services are pending.