Basketball player and NBA free agent Lamar Odom, 35, was rushed to a hospital Tuesday after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch South, said two women found Odom unconscious in his room. He had been partying at the brothel since Saturday, staying at a house that is attached to Love Ranch South.
It appeared that Odom had taken too much “herbal Viagra.” Although Odom has had substance abuse problems in the past (Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 NBA season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months and In August 2013, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence), but no illicit drugs were found in his room.
“We called 911, and the 911 told my staff what to do: turn him over on his left side,” Hof told NBC. “There was this terrible foaming stuff coming out of him. He was throwing up, a little bit of blood.”
When paramedics arrived at the brothel at 3:34 pm, Odom was unresponsive.
Odom was stabilized at the business and then rushed to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump to be treated.
Odom was then taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas for further treatment, she said. Officials were planning to transport him there by helicopter, but were unable to because of his 6’10” height, Wehrly said.
In a statement to Us Weekly, Lamar’s rep Eve Sarkisyan asked for privacy in the first official comment about the ex-Los Angeles Laker’s condition and said he is currently “fighting for his life.”
An insider told Us Weekly that his ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, who was already in Las Vegas when she heard the news, was “inconsolable” and rushed to be by his side. Momager Kris Jenner was photographed outside Odom’s hospital as well, looking distraught and somber.
E!’s inside source revealed that Khloe Kardashian “had cut off contact with Lamar in the summer and she has been worried about Lamar for a very long time.”
Khloe and Lamar married in 2009 after just one month of dating. She filed divorce papers in December 2013, but they are still waiting to be finalized.
Odom has a daughter, Destiny, and a son, Lamar Jr., from a previous relationship.
Update, 1:07 pm
E! News has learned that Lamar Odom’s situation is being treated as an accidental drug overdose. The source inside Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas said, “Virtually every drug imaginable was found in his system.”
Lamar remains unconscious and on a ventilator but is still alive. He likely suffered brain damage, although the extent is still unclear.
Update, 1:30 pm
Daily Mail says this is a photo of the room where Lamar Odom was staying at the Love Ranch. He paid thousands to stay there for four nights and it is where he was found unconscious by two workers, Monica Monroe and Ryder Cherry.
Update, 5:03 pm
TMZ reports that Khloe Kardashian is making medical decisions as Lamar Odom remains in a coma. Turns out, she is still his wife as divorce papers were never finalized. TMZ says, “Although they signed the final divorce docs, we’ve learned there’s an extreme backlog in the family law courts and the divorce will not become final for at least 2 more months.”
Since they are still husband and wife, Khloe is in a position to make medical decisions for her husband, and we’re told she has already made several of them.
Update, 10/15/15, 10:55 am
Audio from the 911 calls made when Lamar Odom was found unconscious have been released by Nevada police. Click the link below to the frightening calls.
Update 10/16/15, 3:00 pm
Reports say that Lamar Odom was opened his eyes three days after his drug overdose. He also communicated “yes” when asked if he wanted to see his children.
We’re so happy the sports star is showing signs of recovery and continue to keep him in our best thoughts.