FORMER basketball player Lamar Odom has been hospitalized after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement.
His condition remains “critical” according to an E! report.
In a report by Variety the star of E!’s “Khloe and Lamar” reality series was found unconscious at the Love Ranch South on Tuesday morning in Crystal, Nev. This was after multiple days of partying, reports TMZ, which first broke the news. Odom was apparently intubated in an ambulance, an indication that he was not able to breathe on his own. He was stabilized and transported to Desert View Hospital, arriving at about 4:16 p.m. Authorities conducted an investigation of the scene.
Arrangements were made for Odom to be airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital for further treatment. However, because of his stature (Odom is 6 feet 10 inches tall), he was unable to be airlifted, and was transported by the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
Brothel staff immediately called 911 after finding him unconscious, according to E! News, and Odom was put on his side when he began spitting up liquid. It is said that he had taken herbal Viagra, and ordered a bottle of cognac for the room, a third of which was still left by Tuesday, according to the LA Times.
Odom has reportedly not yet regained consciousness. Dennis Hof, the owner of the brothel, told KNX that they’re “very concerned” about him.
Odom, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, previously went missing two years ago after a drug-fueled bender at a Los Angeles hotel. He also appeared in “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” during the on-screen romance with the reality personality. He entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse in 2013. US Magazine reported that Khloe has since rushed to be by Odom’s side and is said to be “inconsolable.” Khloe is said to be with her sister Kim Kardashian West and mom Kris Jenner while her brother Rob Kardashian and Scott Disick are also attempting to make their way to Vegas.
Odom played a year of college basketball at the University of Rhode Island before turning pro at the age of 18. He played for 14 seasons as a power forward in the NBA, including seven with the Los Angeles Lakers and five with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has not played in the NBA since the end of 2012-13 season. - report by Alex Stedman of Variety.com