Lamar Odom is in a Coma After Reportedly Suffering a Drug Overdose at Nevada Brothel
Former NBA star and former Kardashian in-law Lamar Odom is in a coma after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel from a supposed overdose, according to reports.
Odom, 35, was in critical condition and on life support at a Las Vegas hospital, where drugs were found inside the former Los Angeles Laker's system, and doctors were treating the situation as an overdose, according to E! News.
He apparently suffered from a loss of oxygen and may have had an "ischemic stroke," typically caused by a blood clot preventing blood flow to the brian and is often associated with a cocaine overdose, among other drugs, E! News reported.
Odom was rushed to the hospital after employees at Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada discovered him face down and unresponsive on Tuesday afternoon after more than two days of partying there, authorities and the Ranch’s owner told the Associated Press.
Odom was allegedly using drugs including crack cocaine since Friday, E! news reported.
"He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax," Love Ranch Owner Dennis Hof told AP.
Hof, who owns other legal brothels in the state, said his staff picked up Odom from his home in Las Vegas on Saturday and said the former Los Angeles Laker was “happy, he was sleeping every night.”
But Odom was discovered by two women about 3 p.m. Tuesday face down and unconscious.
When they turned him on his side at the direction of a 911 operator, he began “throwing up all kinds of stuff,” Hof told AP.
Odam was reportedly "foaming at the mouth" and bleeding, Hof told E! News.
The owner of Love Ranch, which was the subject of the HBO realty show Cathouse, tweeted about the incident, writing:
Hof told the wire Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and drank part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but he had no knowledge of any other drug use.
Odom was in a good mood throughout his stay at Love Ranch, until he received a phone call Sunday that "bummed him out," E! News reported.
He was initially going to be rushed to the hospital by helicopter, but because of his 6' 10" height, Odom he could not be transported by air, the Times reported.
Odom gained reality television fame after he married Khloe Kardashian in a large, televised ceremony in 2009. Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.
Kardashian was reportedly working at a lingerie shoot in Beverly Hills when she learned what hapepned to her estranged husband. Joined by her mother Kris Jenner and her sister Kim Kardashian West, Khloe flew to Las Vegas to be by his bedside at the hospital, TMZ reported.
Kardashian's sister, Kendall Jenner, was the first family member to acknowledge the tragedy, tweeting from Shanghai, China, where the model is for Shanghai Fashion Week:
please don't go.— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) October 14, 2015
Odom won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010, winning two championship rings and the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011. In December 2011 the Lakes attempted to trade Odom to New Orleans but he eventually went to Dallas. He last played with the NBA in 2013.
Former teammates- and his only remaining teammates on the roster- Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace played an exhibition game in Las Vegas Tuesday night, losing 107-100 to Sacramento.
"There's not one word I could say that would make sense," World Peace said, according to AP.
Bryant rushed to the hospital to be by his former teammate’s side, the New York Daily News wrote.
Other NBA stars offered up words of support on social media, writing:
Prayers go out to Lamar Odom and his family please God anything u can do to help him thru this🙏— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 14, 2015
I pray ths morning for my brother. Dear God he's one of the good ones. PLEASE watch over him and listen to his heart speak #PrayersForLamar— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 14, 2015
Odom was born in Queens, New York and was raised by his grandmother.
Odom’s father, Joe Odom, who was reportedly a drug addict with whom Odom had a strained relationship, told HollywoodLife.com that he believed his son was drugged, saying: “There’s no way he’s down there partying crazy like that. No way.”
But Odom’s rep warned to not listen to speculation about his condition or pay attention to any rumors that pop up.
““Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar,” publicist Eve Sarkisyan told Us in a statement. “Please don't listen to the false information being circulated unofficially. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time.”