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Golfer Erica Blasberg Laid To Rest; Praised For Having 'An Infectious Laugh And Smile'

May 19 2010, Published 8:42 a.m. ET

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The mysterious death of pro golfer Erica Blasberg on May 9 is still under investigation, but at the memorial service Wednesday in her hometown of Corona, California friends remembered her as an “outstanding golfer with an infectious laugh and smile,” RadarOnline.com has learned.

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“She was one of the guys off the golf course and she played like one of the guys,” he said.

Erica played golf at Corona High School, which didn’t have a women’s team so she played on the men’s team.

Teammate Scott Walker said she was extremely “talented, pretty and funny.”

“She had a laugh about her that was very contagious and when you heard it, it brought joy to everyone else,” he said. “And sometimes she’d have to walk out of the room because she was laughing so hard.”

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After the two-hour service, with her Yorkie and friend Winston nearby, Erica’s coffin was taken to a waiting hearse.

Former coach at the University of Arizona Greg Allen tearfully said she was like a big sister to his children.

“She brought me a lot closer to my kids at home,” he said. “Like her mother Deb said at the service make sure you give your kids a hug every time they leave the house, go to school, and tuck them into bed because you never know when the good lord is going to call you home.”

Nevada authorities have not yet released a cause of death.

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