LPGA Golfer Erica Blasberg Has Died

Sports News, Golf: Erica Blasberg

At only 25 years old, LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead in her Henderson, Nevada home on Sunday afternoon. The Clark County coroner's office has yet to disclose a cause of death, pending an investigation by Nevada police. USA Today reports that foul play has not immediately been ruled out just yet.

While attending the University of Arizona, Blasberg managed to win six tournaments in just two years. 2003 proved to be a promising year for the young golfer, as she secured the title of Golfweek's Player of the Year after finishing number 1 in the rankings, the NGCA Freshman of the Year, and the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Not too surprisingly, she turned professional just one year later. Her last LPGA tour was two weeks ago in Mexico, where she tied for 44th.

Affectionately named 'Skip' after confessing that she did not know how to skip, Blasberg learned her formidable swing from her father, Mel. Called a "fireball" on the course, she was always anxious to train. Uncharacteristic of most others in the sport, Erica was a complete 'girly girl' who was consistently photographed wearing pink and perused gossip magazines in her down time.

In a statement on LPGA.com, Blasberg's agent Chase Callahan quotes; We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg... Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life. She lived out her dream of playing professional golf on the highest level on the LPGA Tour, allowing her to help inspire others. We are proud of Erica for everything she accomplished. This is a painful loss, we feel it in our hearts and we will miss her.