Golfer's suicide note read to jury
Erica Blasberg died in 2010. Her parents filed a civil lawsuit against her physician and personal friend.
A SUICIDE NOTE left by professional golfer Erica Blasberg in 2010 blames no one, expresses deep personal unhappiness and describes a mixture of drugs kicking in before ending with the words, "love and kisses, eternity, Erica."
"I'm sad and don't want to be doing this right now," the 25-year-old wrote in the letter that was read to a jury in Las Vegas yesterday. "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."
The note provided a dramatic opening to a civil wrongful death, medical malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty trial against Blasberg's then-physician, occasional golfing buddy and personal friend, Dr. Thomas Hess.
Blasberg's parents accuse Hess of having had an inappropriate relationship with her and failing to provide proper medical care before she died. Their lawsuit, filed in 2011 in Clark County (Nev.) District Court, seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Hess, now 46, denies having a romantic relationship with Blasberg. He pleaded guilty in late 2010 to a misdemeanor obstruction charge for removing the suicide note and medications after discovering Blasberg's body, and was sentenced to 1 year of probation and 40 hours of community service.
Blasberg's parents' attorney, Nick Crosby, told the jury that circumstantial evidence and series of seemingly secretive acts surrounding their communication point to Hess' responsibility in the death.
"This is a case about a doctor who let his personal interest get in the way of his professional responsibility," Crosby said, "and my clients' daughter died as a result."
The Clark County coroner determined that Blasberg committed suicide by asphyxiation, with a toxic combination of medications in her system.
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