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    LPGA player Blasberg dies; police investigating

    LAS VEGAS (AP)—LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg died Sunday in a Las Vegas suburb according to police and her agent.
    Erica Blasberg waits on the ninth tee while waiting for the fairway to clear during the first round of the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning Country Club on May 22, 2008 in Corning, New York.
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    Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul said Monday that authorities were investigating the 25-year-old American’s death. It was not immediately clear whether foul play was involved.

    Paul said police responded to a 911 call and were dispatched to Blasberg’s suburban three-bedroom house around 3 p.m. on Sunday. Paul declined to say who made the call, saying it was part of the investigation.

    Blasberg’s agent, Chase Callahan, confirmed her death but declined to provide details because of the investigation.

    Messages left with the coroner’s office in Las Vegas on Monday were not returned.

    Blasberg played her only LPGA Tour event this year two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th.

    She found greater success in college, winning six times in two years at the University of Arizona and playing on the Curtis Cup team in 2004. She turned professional that year.

    LPGA spokesman David Higdon called Blasberg’s death a “tough hit” for women’s golf.

    “She was a very popular player and well-liked and we’re going to miss her,” Higdon said. “This is a very close-knit group of players and tour and we’re saddened by what happened.”

    LPGA player Meg Mallon said the news will “hit hard” for tour participants.

    “I’m just very sad and just really kind of sick to my stomach that a life ended so young,” Mallon said.

    “People in Mexico passed her by or hit balls next to her on the range and everyone’s having their own moments right now,” she said.

    Blasberg’s death was first reported by Golfweek magazine.

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    LPGA Star's Father -- It Was 'No Suicide'

    Originally posted May 11th 2010 8:52 AM PDT by TMZ Staff
    Erica Blasberg's father is adamant that the 25-year-old LPGA superstar did not take her own life in Nevada this weekend -- insisting she was "very upbeat" in the days before her death on Sunday.

    TMZ spoke with Mel Blasberg, who tells us he had visited Erica at her home in Henderson, Nevada on Thursday and spoke with her on the phone on Friday -- and both times she seemed "very upbeat."

    In fact, Mel tells us Erica was excited to play in a golf tournament in Alabama this week ... and had already packed her brand new golf bag in her car for the drive to the airport Saturday morning. But Erica never made her flight.

    Mel tells us a friend discovered the golfer in her bed on Sunday.

    Mel notes that Erica had just returned from the Tres Marias Championship tournament in Mexico ... and in what would be her final round, she shot an astounding -3.

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