LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, 25, was found dead at her home in Nevada.
Erica Blasberg’s cause of death has not yet been determined but officials are currently conducting a “death investigation,” law enforcement sources reported.
Erica Blasberg was named Golfweek’s 2003 College Player of the Year after finishing the season No. 1 in the rankings.
Blasberg’s agent Chase Callahan released the following statement: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg. To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that. She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend. Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life.” Callahan continues, “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. Erica would want those close to her to celebrate the life she lived. We ask that you keep Erica and her family in your prayers.”
Erica Blasberg played her only LPGA Tour event this year two weeks ago in Mexico and tied for 44th. “She went all the way to Mexico to qualify in an area where they just had a killing, that’s how motivated she was,” Blasberg’s father told The Press-Enterprise. “And she had a nice weekend. She made a little money, she felt good. She knew this year was going to be a tough year, but she was motivated. She didn’t seem down.”
Blasberg had a successful collegiate career at the University of Arizona, where she won six times in two years and represented the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team in 2004. “She was part of our family for two years,” Greg Allen, her former coach at the University of Arizona told Golfweek. “I can’t believe she’s gone.”
She turned professional in June 2004 and posted four top-10s in eight starts on the Duramed Futures Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2005. Her best year on the LPGA circuit was 2008, when she began the season with a career-best tie for eighth at the SBS Open in Hawaii.
“She was a very popular player and well-liked and we’re going to miss her,” said LPGA spokesman David Higdon. “This is a very close-knit group of players and tour and we’re saddened by what happened.”
TMZ and Fanhouse contributed this reports.