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Father of golfer Erica Blasberg testifies in wrongful death case

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In this May 23, 2008, file photo, Erica Blasberg tees off on the seventh hole during the second round of the LPGA Corning Classic golf tournament in Corning, N.Y. The Clark County Coroner’s Office on Aug. 24, 2010, ruled her death a suicide.

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.

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