Former NBA Star Lamar Odom Fights For Life After Apparent Drug Overdose

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Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom is currently fighting for his life in a Las Vegas Hospital after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel Tuesday, in what appears to be an apparent accidental drug overdose.

Odom had checked into a VIP suite at Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada on Saturday, and then began “partying with the girls for days,” according to the brothel’s owner Denis Hof. Two women who work at the ranch reportedly saw Odom at 6am Tuesday and he was fine, but when they came back to check on him that afternoon, he was unconscious. Hof talked about the moment he found Odom with NBC News saying,

We called 911 and the 911 told my staff what to do — turn him over on his left side.

There was this terrible foaming stuff coming out of him, he was throwing up, a little bit of blood.

At 6’10”, Odom, 35, was too large to be airlifted according to the Chicago Tribune, so he was driven instead, about 65 miles, to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas.

A hospital source told E! News that “virtually every drug imaginable was found in his system.” The same source also said Odom “remains unconscious and on a ventilator but is still alive,” after suffering from a loss of oxygen and at least one stroke. Doctors are now estimating that he has a 50/50 chance of survival.

Sadly for many, the overdose seemed almost inevitable after Odom’s life began a steady decline when his ex-wife and reality star Khloe Khardashian filed for divorce in December 2013 after four years of marriage due to Odom’s problems with infidelity and drugs. Odom has also frequently spoken out about the “hard time” he’s been going through after being plagued by a series of deaths throughout his life including his mother, grandmother, 7-month-old son, cousin. Most recently his best friend Jamie Sangouthai died of a heroin overdose.

Even after their separation, Khloe has continuously checked in on Odom out of fear for his welfare, which has been well documented on Khloe’s reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardahians.” In one episode Khloe even says,

I’m really on high alert for Lamar, because anything, I think, will set him to spiral, and that’s kind of the last thing I want for him.

Now Khloe is reportedly by Odom’s side along with her sister Kim, and mother Kris. Multiple sources say that she is “completely inconsolable.”

The only response from the Kardashian camp as of yet comes from Khloe’s half sister Kendall Jenner, who tweeted the message “please don’t go” out to her 13 million followers on Wednesday in obvious reference to Lamar.

Odom’s longtime publicist and friend Eve Sarkisyan did however issue the following statement to US Weekly in regards to his condition,

Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar. Please don’t listen to the false information being circulated unofficially. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

Alexis Evans
Alexis Evans is an Assistant Editor at Law Street and a Buckeye State native. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Business from Ohio University. Contact Alexis at



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