Lamar Odom Hospitalized After Being Found Unconscious in Nevada Brothel
The former Lakers star appeared on 'Keeping up With the Kardashians.'
Reality star and former NBA player Lamar Odom was taken to the hospital after he was found unconscious on Tuesday afternoon at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, a Nye County Sheriff's office spokesperson confirmed in a statement. As of Tuesday night, there was no immediate word on his condition, officials told The Associated Press.
Odom, 35, was found unresponsive and was stabilized before being transported by ambulance to an area hospital, with detectives arriving to investigate the scene.
Odom was treated by physicians and then taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. An attempt had been made to airlift him via helicopter, but Odom's stature prevented this from happening.
The sports agency that represents Odom, Excel, released a statement Wednesday morning: "Lamar Odom is a long-time member of the the Excel family, and we are keeping him in our thoughts and prayers. We are staying close to the situation but have no additional information or comment at this time."
Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other legal brothels in Nevada, said his staff had picked up Odom from a home in Las Vegas on Saturday.
"He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax," Hof told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Hof said Odom was "happy, he was sleeping every night," while visiting, but two women went to check on Odom Tuesday afternoon after not hearing from him since early morning, and found him face down and unconscious.
When they turned him on his side at the direction of a 911 operator, Odom started "throwing up all kinds of stuff."
Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac since arriving, but had no knowledge of his use of any other drugs.
"It's incredibly sad," said Hof, who turns 69 on Wednesday. Hof is known for his own onetime reality show, Cathouse, on HBO.
TMZ was first to report the news.
Odom has lost multiple friends to drug overdoses. In June, both 30-year-old Bobby Heyward and 36-year-old Jamie Sangouthai died of overdoses, the L.A. coroner confirmed. It was reported the two men were close friends of Odom's.
"Death always seems to be around me," Odom told the Los Angeles Times in 2011 interview.
His 24-year-old cousin was murdered in New York in July of that year. The next day, he was a passenger in a car involved in an accident that killed a 15-year-old boy, according to The Times.
His mother died when he was 12 of colon cancer and the grandmother who raised him died in 2004, The Times reported. His son, Jayden, died in 2006 of sudden infant death syndrome, according to the Associated Press. The child was 6 months old.
In his basketball career, Odom played with the Clippers, Heat, Lakers and Mavericks and was most recently waived by the Knicks in July 2014. During his time with the Lakers, the team won two NBA championships, in 2009 and 2010. He married Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian in September 2009 and made frequent appearances on the E! show until she filed for divorce in December 2013. The couple's divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge. The two were married in 2009 in a large ceremony that was taped for E!, following a whirlwind engagement that was also filmed. Kardashian has been by Odom's side since Tuesday evening, a person close to the family told the AP anonymously because she wasn't authorized to speak to the press.
The Lakers played an exhibition game in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, losing 107-100 to Sacramento. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are Odom's only remaining teammates on the roster.
World Peace clearly was distraught about Odom's health after the game.
"There's not one word I could say that would make sense," World Peace told reporters, declining further comment.
Bryant left the arena without speaking to reporters.