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Former UA golfer Erica Blasberg dead at 25

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Former UA golfer Erica Blasberg dead at 25

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Former Arizona Wildcat golfer Erica Blasberg died Sunday at her home in a suburb of Las Vegas. She was 25.

Henderson, Nev., police spokesman Keith Paul said Monday that authorities were investigating her death. It was not immediately clear whether foul play was involved, reports USA Today.

"I'm devastated. I'm shocked. I'm sad. I'm heartbroken," former UA coach Greg Allen told the Arizona Daily Star. "Every emotion has gone through me and my family and my wife right now."

Golfweek Magazine reports:

Laura Ianello (nee Myerscough) was a senior when Blasberg burst onto the college scene as a freshman. Ianello, who now is an assistant coach at Arizona, said Blasberg was a “fireball” on the golf course but off of it, the ultimate girly girl, with painted nails and ribbons in her hair. She devoured gossip magazines such as In Touch and US Weekly on college trips.

“She had to have her mascara on before she’d step out of the hotel,” Ianello said.

Blasberg was a 2-time all-American for the Wildcats in 2003 and 2004, winning six times over her two seasons at Arizona. She was the 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and won the Golfstat Cup after recording the lowest average scoring total for the 2003 season.

Blasberg turned professional in June 2004 and qualified for the LPGA Tour the following year. The southern California native won a career-high $113,428 in 2008 and finished in a tie for eighth in the SBS Open in Hawaii that year. She only made one appearance on the tour this year, two weeks ago in Mexico.

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