Lamar Odom was apparently found unconscious at the Love Ranch outside Las Vegas today, according to TMZ. The former NBA player had allegedly been partying at the Love Ranch since Saturday.
On Tuesday afternoon, someone went into Odom’s room and found him unconscious. The person rolled the former NBA star over and saw fluid streaming out of his mouth.
An ambulance took Lamar to Pahrump hospital, where doctors intubated him … an indication he could not breathe on his own.
We’re told Lamar is being airlifted from the hospital to Las Vegas for more treatment.
The Love Ranch South appears to be related to the Moonlite BunnyRanch which was featured on the HBO series “Cathouse: The Series.” Odom last played in the NBA in 2013. In August 2013, he was arrested for DUI. Days before that, rumors surfaced about drug problems.
UPDATE: The AP confirmed the story.
BREAKING: Sheriff says former NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel, hospitalized.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 14, 2015
Odom’s ex, Khloe Kardashian, is dating James Harden. We wish the best for Lamar, and hope he gets the help he needs to recover from his problems. UPDATE (10-14-15 @5:00am): The Daily Mail reports that Odom, who was married to Khloe Kardashian for four years, was in the midst of a “4-day binge” with prostitutes at the famed Bunny Ranch when he began popping herbal viagra. TMZ is saying the same about herbal viagra, adding that he was using “8 to 10″ pills at a time. UPDATE (10-14-15 @7:30am): TMZ is reporting that Lamar is still in a coma this morning, but friends and family are by his side:
UPDATE (10-14-15 @11:30am): Lamar Odom is fighting for his life. His troubles have been well-documented because of his relationship with Khloe Kardashian. Piers Morgan wrote a column for the Daily Mail placing the blame for Odom’s problems on the Kardashians. At first glance, I thought it was just an excuse for a clever headline, but the more we hear about Odom’s situation, the less outlandish it seems. According to TMZ, the catalyst for the bender was an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Lamar seemed normal during his stay until he got a call from someone about the show. Some of the women who were around Lamar say he became irate, complaining about the way he had just been portrayed on the show.
As for what was on the show … Khloe got 2 calls from Lamar. When she got off the phone Kim criticized Khloe for being flirty with Lamar. In another clip, Lamar called Khloe to tell her that his good friend Jamie had died. When she got off the phone she worried Lamar might spin out of control. And in another scene Khloe fled a club after she heard Lamar was trying to get in.
We’re told Lamar remained upset until he was found unconscious.
Lamar and Khloe seperated in 2013, but didn’t officially sign divorce papers until this summer. There’s no telling how much contact Odom had with the family over the last two years, but they still rushed to Odom’s side in the hospital. According to Radar Online Khloe, Kim, and Kris all showed up at the hospital – with cameras in tow.
“It’s [a] s**t show,” a source close to the situation told Radar. “The Kardashians are trying to run everything. They walked into the hospital with cameras rolling. It was shocking, but hardly a surprise.”
Khloe was “extremely upset,” the source told Radar,” adding that “they are all crying and pretending like they care.
UPDATE (10-14-15 @1:00pm): Although reports from the Nevada brothel where Lamar Odom was found unconscious Tuesday afternoon indicate there were no drugs in his room, E! News now says that “virtually every drug imaginable was found in his system” during tests undertaken at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, where he is now receiving medical care.
Specifically, E! cites an insider confirming the presence of crack cocaine—and adds that he had been taking the drug all weekend. People magazine also reports cocaine was found, as well as opiates. TMZ says, citing witnesses at the hospital, that track marks are visible on Lamar’s arms, “but it’s still unclear if [they] are fresh or from previous drug use.”
Doctors are treating his case as an accidental overdose, E! continues; he reportedly suffered a ischemic stroke—which is often associated with cocaine overdoses—and is also believed to have choked on mucus in the process. (People says he suffered multiple strokes.) The ensuing loss of oxygen means he is believed to have suffered brain damage, but while he remains in a coma, he is not thought to be brain dead.