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Police Raid in Death of LPGA Star

5/30/2010 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0510_erica_blasberg_EX_2TMZ has learned a doctor connected to LPGA star Erica Blasberg was the target of a police raid ... and cops were looking for evidence in Erica's death investigation.

Cops in Henderson, Nevada executed a search warrant on May 13 and raided the medical office and home of Dr. Thomas Hess ... according to documents obtained by TMZ.

Cops were on the hunt for "small blue oval pills in a 30 package blister pack."  Cops say they found a 30-package blister pack at Erica's home after she died.   We know cops were looking specifically for alprazolam (Xanax), which could have been the blue pills in question.  Erica's dad tells TMZ his daughter took Xanax over the last few years to fight anxiety.

Cops were also looking for white, medium-sized trash bags with no drawstrings, the same type of bags that were found next to Erica's body.  And we've learned cops found the same type of white bags in Dr. Hess' medical office.

And cops were searching for a handwriting sample from Dr. Hess.  Erica's dad says cops found "some sort of note" near the scene, but he didn't have specifics.

An employee of a local golf course tells TMZ Dr. Hess and Erica were regular golfing partners.  They played golf 2 days before her body was found.  Erica's dad says he does not know the nature of the relationship Erica had with Dr. Hess.


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16.

Jim in LV    

Thanks for continuing with the story TMZ, my own local Vegas newspapers didn't even publish the new about the raid yet.

1571 days ago
17.

Dack    

TMZ....I mean TMJ...

1571 days ago
18.

Chuck    

It was Bushes fault ! Just ask Obama ;)

1571 days ago
19.

Meg    

They are clearly looking for matching bag because she was suffocated with the one near her. He gave her a Xanax, suffocated her, and then wrote a suicide note.

1571 days ago
20.

raven    

What we have here is proof this society is not working. Why so many peeps on the a/a pills says something about life here in wonderland. Hey this girl was a LPGA player, most think playing golf all day would be great. I got off the stuff...it takes time and desire only when you are ready. The last 2 weeks were ruff but I rode it out. The world is what it is and i cannot control it so I live in my quiet world now...it's okay.

1571 days ago
21.

Mimi    

Wonder how 'they' have managed to keep details surrounding the death so hush-hush?

1571 days ago
22.

Q    

seem to remember something about her calling her caddy late the night before she was found dead that she would not be attending the next PGA event to which she was scheduled to leave for the day of her death...that indicates something went down with her, I say suicide, and the cops are just trying to get the doctor for allowing her access to the meds without a script probably...maybe she was trading sex or golf lessons for pills with the doc on the course..probably had some kind of depression going on, and there is some strange relationship with the daddy too...weird...probably a suicide...that midnight call is the give away.

1571 days ago
23.

jpm4444    

NOW ALL OF YOU THAT RIPPED ON ME COME FORWARD. I told you that prescription drugs were a huge possibility. Young celebs are taking these things like candy. Xanax and so many other drugs are EXTREMELy dangerous.



We're seeing it a lot in rich white kids; many have problems coping with adversity and have tons of anxiety to it.



Just like Brittany Murphy (in her autopsy it even admitted to prescription drug use being part of the cause of her death), Heath Ledger, Nicole Simpson, Corey Haim; these prescription drugs are dangerous.



Prescription drugs is now one of the leading causes in young adults deaths; thats more than meth and heroine COMBINED. Get these people counseling instead of drugging them.

1571 days ago
24.

hemingways    

How can all of you miss the main points of the story...



Not only were the police looking for Xanax, but there was a white garbage bag next to the body, and they found similar white garbage bags at the doctors office. They also found a note or partial note next to the body and are trying to check it against the doctors handwriting.



Now, if she accidentally overdosed, she wouldn't have written a note. If she intentionally overdosed, the garbage bag next to her body makes no sense.



We need more facts, but this sounds like a possible murder.

1571 days ago
25.

WHATEVER    

HOPEFULLY THE COPS DID NOT SCREW UP THE TRASH BAGS. THERE MIGHT BE FINGERPRINTS, AND THERE IS ALSO A WAY OF FINDING OUT WHERE THE TRASH BAGS WERE ACTUALLY SOLD, PRODUCED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT...WEIRD AS IT SOUNDS. I REALLY HOPE SOMEONE FINDS OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO HER-

1571 days ago
26.

kyle    

In Florida, when you go to the pain clinic, they give you Xanax for anxiety and a " LITTLE BLUE PILL CALLED OXYCODONE 30 ". Being a pro golfer like she is, they get injuries and pain just like all of us working stiffs. The Oxycodone 30's will kill you, just google them with Florida as a tag! The Doc's give Xanax as a sleep aid with Oxycodone 30's not for anxiety, because Oxycodone 30 makes user's unable to keep a current sleep pattern. In short, IT'S A DANGEROUS COMBONATION!

1571 days ago
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WHATEVER    

WANT TO KNOW WHO ELSE WAS MURDERED WITH PILLS ? SHE WAS FORCED AT GUN-POINT TO TAKE PILLS ? THE ACTRESS INGER STEVENS {60...'S ACTRESS}. HER HUSBAND HAD KEPT SINKING ALL HER MONEY INTO OUT OF THE COUNTRY TYPE SECRET STUFF, AND WHEN INGER DECIDED TO GET A DIVORCE GUESS WHAT HAPPENS ? SHE TURNS UP DEAD FROM AN "OVERDOSE". SURE. SHE HAD BEEN IN THE MIDDLE OF CONSTRUCTING ONE OF HER FAVORITE SANDWICHES. THE FOOD WAS ALL OUT, SANDWICH HALF-MADE WHEN SHE WAS FOUND DEAD. I GUESS SHE JUST DECIDED TO KILL HERSELF BEFORE SHE COULD EAT THE SANDWICH ???!! PILLS WERE FOUND SCATTERED ALL OVER BEDROOM, ALTHOUGH HER BODY WAS FOUND IN THE KITCHEN. THE "INVESTIGATION" WAS A TRAVESTY. IT WAS OBVIOUS THERE WAS A STRUGGLE IN THE BEDROOM, AND THE ONLY WAY INGER WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OVERDOSE WAS IF SOMEONE HAD HELD A GUN TO HER HEAD. HER HUSBAND THEN ENDED UP WITH HER MONEY. HE WAS A "SECRET" HUSBAND BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK. INGER ALWAYS FAKE-DATED OTHER GUYS, BUT HAD A FEW REAL ROMANCES SUCH AS DEAN MARTIN AND BURT REYNOLDS.
I GUESS IT WAS AN OPEN MARRIAGE SHE HAD, BUT SHE WAS SECRETLY MARRIED.
IN THOSE DAYS, IT WAS A BIG NO-NO FOR YOUR CAREER TO HAVE AN INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE {ALTHOUGH THINGS WERE CHANGING UP IT WAS STILL CONTROVERSY AT THAT TIME } AND YET THE DEATH WAS RULED A "SUICIDE". ANYONE MIGHT TAKE AN OVERDOSE IF THE ONLY OTHER CHOICE IS BEING SHOT WITH GUN, WHICH IS A LOT SCARIER. READ THE BOOK "THE FARMERS DAUGHTER REMEMBERED" BY WILLIAM T. PATTERSON. PATTERSON'S BOOK IS SUBTLE BUT THE INFERENCE IS RIGHT THERE.

1571 days ago
28.

Keith    

Has a 911 tape been posted yet on TMZ? I don't recall.

1571 days ago
29.

spinach dip    

19. Your risk of overdosing on Xanax is about the same as overdosing on Advil.. give me a break.



Posted at 8:52 AM on May 30, 2010 by Smartguy




LOLOLOLOL!!!!! You are a complete and total dumbass. A simple Google search would've prevented your idiocy, you know.

1571 days ago
30.

RIPskip    

The caddy received a text message, NOT a phone call, saying she changed her mind and would not be attending the tourney. When she tried to contact back she got no response. Quite possible Erica wasnt the one who texted that night, just someone who wanted it to look like it came directly from her. Its not too hard to pick up someone's phone and text.

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