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LPGA Golfer Dies: Who Was Erica Blasberg (PICTURES)?

Erica Blasberg (EricaBlasberg.com)
LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) Erica Blasberg, 25-year-old LPGA Golfer, was found dead Sunday at her suburban Las Vegas home. Police are investigating whether or not foul play was involved and have not released any additional information.

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LPGA spokesman David Higdon called Blasberg's sudden death a "tough hit" for women's golf.

"She was a very popular player and well-liked and we're going to miss her," Higdon said. "This is a very close-knit group of players and tour and we're saddened by what happened."

Erica Blasberg (EricaBlasberg.com)

According to Blasberg's website, she started golfing at the age 5-years-old, guided and coached by her father, Mel. Her website says she went to play for the University of Arizona, where she won six tournaments and played in the Curtis Cup, an amateur women's golf tournament, in 2004.

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That same year Blasberg went pro, winning once on the Duramed Futures Tour before qualifying for the 2005 LPGA Tour. Blasberg played her only LPGA Tour event in 2010 in Mexico, two weeks before her death. She tied for 44th place.

"To most of the world, Erica was known as a professional golfer, but she was more than that," Erica's agent, Chase Callahan, said in a statement. "She was a loving daughter to her parents and a compassionate and loyal friend."

Police responded to a 911 call and were dispatched to Blasberg's suburban three-bedroom house around 3 p.m. on Sunday. TMZ reports the Blasberg's father is "adamant" that the LPGA superstar did not commit suicide.

"This is a painful loss, we feel it in our hearts and we will miss her," Callahan said in a statement. "We ask that you keep Erica and her family in your prayers."

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