Erica Blasberg, an LPGA player and former collegiate star at the University of Arizona, was found dead on Sunday in her home in Henderson, Nev. She was 25.
Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, said a 911 call was made at 3:13 p.m. Sunday and officers arrived at Blasberg’s residence, the Hotel De Ville Terrace, a few minutes later and discovered her body.
“This is a death investigation and it is ongoing,” Paul told GOLF.com on Monday.
Chase Callahan, Blasberg’s agent, said in a statement Monday: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Erica Blasberg. To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that. She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend. Erica had a good heart, was extremely kind and very thankful for what she had in her life. This is a painful loss, we feel it in our hearts and we will miss her.”
Blasberg, a charismatic golfer who was a former Pac-10 Player of the Year and member of the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup team, was a professional for six years, winning once on the Duramed Futures Tour before qualifying for the LPGA Tour in 2005. While highly decorated as an amateur, Blasberg struggled to reach the same heights as an LPGA professional. Her best finish was a tie for eighth.
This year, she had played in one event, the Tres Marias Championship, where she finished tied for 44th. It was the final event of retiring LPGA star Lorena Ochoa, who also attended the University of Arizona.
Though Blasberg struggled to gain footing on the LPGA Tour, she was one of a handful of LPGA players to successfully cross over into the realm of product endorsement. When Puma launched its golf division in March 2006, the company signed Blasberg to its brand. Once there, she joined PGA Tour star Geoff Ogilvy in a global ad campaign featuring two television commercials.
One of the ads, titled “Erica’s Tonic,” showed Blasberg hitting a pink Puma ball into Ogilvy’s drink.
“Erica was a solid player on the course, and brought a fresh sense of youthfulness, fun, beauty and energy to the brand,” Bob Philion, the president of Cobra-Puma Golf, said in a statement Monday. “She will be greatly missed.”