The jury heard the suicide note left by Erica Blasberg, the 25-year-old pro-golfer who killed herself in 2010. Erica expressed much despair and anguish in the explanation left behind as to why she was leaving this world, she saw "no way of escaping it." Blasberg's parents are suing her doctor, who was also a close friend of the golfer, in a wrongful death suit, according to Travelers Today on May 8.
The wrongful-death of Blasberg case has started against Dr. Thomas Hess, who was not only Blasberg's doctor but friend and golf buddy. While the wrongful death case accuses the doctor of having an "inappropriate relationship" with the golfer, he denies any romantic links with Erica.
Hess, 46, denies any relationship besides a friendship, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Blasberg's parents have filed this case against the doctor, who was the one to find the golfer dead and he removed medications and the suicide note before police arrived that day.
Hess was found guilty of misdemeanor obstruction charge back in 2010 and said he removed those things to spare her parents from becoming upset. The doctor was sentenced to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.
The golfer and the doctor were seen together at a Las Vegas golf club, where the two were members, days before her death. Witnesses said they were "touching hands" and "Hess' hand was on Blasberg's leg."
Hess was married at the time he was seeing Blasberg and the night before she killed herself they had been out together. Hess had dropped her off at home, but her parents believe she was in a state of intoxication where she shouldn't have been left alone.
The suit claims that Hess was torn between leaving Erica alone and getting in trouble with his wife, so he left her in that "compromised" state. Records show that Hess purchased a cell phone just to make and receive calls from Erica.
The records from that cell phone show that after he dropped her off that night, he made numerous calls to her home and there was no answer. The calls started at 3:30 a.m. and continued into the afternoon of that day. He made a total of 17 calls that went unanswered before going over tho her home that afternoon and finding her dead.
Blasberg had a dust mask over her mouth and a plastic bag tied over her head, secured with rubber bands. The autopsy showed her death was from asphyxiation and she also had a toxic combination of drugs on board.
The suicide note included:
"I'm sad and don't want to be doing this right now. Sorry for all the people I've hurt doing this, but please understand how miserable and sad I am, and that I feel no way of escaping it."
This note was read to the jury who will eventually be deciding the outcome of this case. In the note she went on about her unhappiness and she even conveyed how the drugs she had ingested to commit suicide were taking hold over her and explaining what she was feeling at the moment from the drugs kicking in.
The defense argues that there is no evidence that Hess caused Erica's death. Hess maintains that the two were just friends.
The parents believe that Hess failed their daughter as a patient when he let his personal feelings take front seat and he failed to provide her with the proper medical care. The parents are seeking unspecified monetary damages.