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Golfer was ready for trip to tourney when she died

May 12, 2010 

LAS VEGAS — LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg had her bags packed for a tournament in Alabama when she died suddenly at her home in suburban Henderson, her agent said Tuesday. Police aren't saying how she died.

Blasberg was scheduled to leave last Sunday to play a qualification round on Monday for the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, said the agent, Chase Callahan, who is based in Irvine, Calif.

Callahan and Blasberg's parents, Mel and Debbie Blasberg, of Corona, Calif., began planning Tuesday for a memorial service in her hometown amid questions about Blasberg's death Sunday in her home about 15 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.

"We don't know yet who, what or why," Callahan said, calling Blasberg's death "tragic for her family, the people of Corona, and the people who knew her."

"Police haven't given her family or me any indication of anything," said Callahan, who noted that Blasberg's father was also her golf coach.

"For Mr. and Mrs. Blasberg, her taking her own life is not something that's in the details that they know right now," Callahan said. "This is someone whose career was as important to her as her family."

"She was 25. She hadn't reached her peak yet," he said.

Blasberg was found dead about 3 p.m. Sunday after police responded to a 911 call from the two-story, three-bedroom home Blasberg bought for $281,000 in November 2007.

Police have not said whether they suspect foul play, and police spokesman Keith Paul declined again to say Tuesday who summoned police to the house on Sunday.

Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said a ruling on a cause of death was pending blood and tissue tests that could take four to six weeks to complete.

Blasberg grew up in Southern California, and was in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour.

Her best year on Tour was 2008, when she earned a career-best tie for eighth at the SBS Open in Hawaii and more than $113,000 in winnings, the LPGA said.

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