Las Vegas doctor pleads guilty to obstruction in Blasberg's suicide

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Erica Blasberg was found dead on May 9, and the Clark County coroner’s office in August ruled her death a suicide.
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A Las Vegas physician who found the body of professional golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction.

Henderson Municipal Judge Diana Hampton sentenced Dr. Thomas Hess on Wednesday to one year probation and 40 hours of community service.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Hess told authorities he removed a suicide note and prescription medications from Blasberg’s home before police arrived to investigate her death.

Hess says he wanted to spare her family embarrassment.

The 25-year-old Blasberg was found May 9 with a plastic bag over her head at her Henderson, Nev., home.

The Clark County coroner’s office in August ruled the death a suicide. It says she died of asphyxia with traces of prescription drugs in her body.