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Doctor cleared in suicide of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg
Doctor cleared in suicide of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg

A Las Vegas physician has been cleared of wrongful death and medical malpractice allegations in a civil suit arising from the suicide four years ago of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg. The 25-year-old Blasberg, a native of Corona, had fallen on hard times and was allegedly troubled by her relationship with the defendant, Dr. Thomas Hess, when she took her life in May 2010. During the trial, Hess -- who is now 46 -- acknowledged flirting with the younger golfer but denied they were ever romantic. A Nevada jury found him not liable for her death after five days of testimony. Blasberg's father, who was also her coach, has long blamed Hess. "We had a...

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