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Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 1:26 p.m.
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.