Dad testifies in Vegas golfer wrongful death case

The Associated Press
Doctor cleared in LPGA golfer wrongful death case
FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2008, file photo, Erica Blasberg walks to the ninth green during the second round of the LPGA SBS Open golf tournament at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii. Jury selection is entering a third day in Las Vegas Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in a civil wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against a Nevada physician who found the body of women's professional golfer Blasberg after she committed suicide in May 2010. Dr. Thomas Hess pleaded guilty in late 2010 to a misdemeanor obstruction charge for removing a suicide note and prescription medications from Blasberg's home in Henderson before police arrived to investigate her death. Blasberg's father, Mel Blasberg, accuses the 46-year-old Hess of having an inappropriate personal relationship with the 25-year-old golfer, and of failing to provide proper medical care before she died. (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The father of the late LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg testified that he knows a Las Vegas doctor he's suing in a civil wrongful death case didn't kill his daughter.

But Mel Blasberg made it clear Thursday that he blames Dr. Thomas Hess for pursuing a romantic relationship with his troubled 25-year-old daughter before she committed suicide in May 2010.

Mel Blasberg told a Clark County District Court jury he sometimes had a strained relationship with his daughter as her father and coach.

But he declared that he doesn't think doctors can ever take off their white coat and be friends with a patient.

Blasberg's parents seek unspecified damages from Hess, who removed a suicide note and some medications after finding Erica Blasberg's body.

Hess denies the two had a romantic relationship.