Thursday 22 February 2018

A life punctuated by tragedy - a timeline of Lamar Odom

Television personality Khloe Kardashian (L) and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom in 2010
Television personality Khloe Kardashian (L) and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom in 2010
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Lamar Odom's life has been anything but straight forward.


Lamar is born in Queens, New York City. His father was a heroin addict.


Lamar's mother dies of colon cancer.


While playing college basketball for the University of Nevada, Lamar is arrested for soliciting prostitution following an undercover operation by the Las Vegas police.


Lamar and then-girlfriend Liza Morales welcome daughter Destiny.


A promising basketball player standing at 6 foot 10 inches, Lamar was named to the 2000 NBA All-Rookie First Team.



Lamar failed multiple drug tests for marijuana while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I've made a couple of mistakes and I may make a couple again, but hopefully they won't be as big as this one," he said at the time.

He then left LA for Miami, as he said he "couldn't control himself" in California.



Lamar's second child, Lamar Jr is born.


Lamar is one of the players on the US basketball team that take home bronze at the Olympics.


Lamar's third child Jayden is born. When the baby is six months old, he dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while sleeping in his crib.


The LA Lakers sign a four year deal worth up to $33 million with Lamar.


In August, Lamar meets Khloe Kardashian at a 'Welcome To LA' party.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

In September, they have their first date. Later that month, he proposed with a 9-carat diamond ring.

On September 27th, the pair wed in Los Angeles in front of 250 guests.


The wedding airs on 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians', with many viewers sceptical as to whether the wedding is real or not.



In April, a new reality show 'Khloe & Lamar' debuts on E! following the married couple.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom 2012 'E' upfront presentation - Arrivals Featuring: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Where: New York City, United States When: 30 Apr 2012 Credit: WENN

This was also a very tough year for Lamar. In July, his cousin Curtis Smith died after being shot in New York.

The following week, a car he was a passenger in hit and killed a 15-year-old bicyclist.

At the end of the year, he was shocked when he was traded by the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. One season in, Lamar took a two-week break from the team to deal with "personal problems" before he ultimately left the team.


Lamar reportedly begins to dabble in crack cocaine.


Lamar's 'wild night with strippers' is splashed all over the tabloids.

Khloe reveals that despite the pair trying, they have been unable to conceive a child.

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Lamar Odom, then basketball player with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, and his wife Khloe Kardashian-Odom pictured in May 2012

In August, Lamar enters rehab for three weeks. Khloe hires security guards to stand outside his door to prevent him leaving.


Divorce rumours begin to plague the couple.


“Khloe is everything I want in a woman. She’s strong, opinionated, and beautiful,” Lamar insisted to US Weekly.

Lamar falls asleep at a custody hearing for his kids.

In July, Lamar destroyed a photographer’s equipment after he was asked whether he had been unfaithful.

Two women come forward saying that Lamar had cheated on Khloe with them.

In August, Lamar went missing for three days. He returned home to Khloe, rumored to look sick and thin.

Days later, he was arrested for a DUI and had his license suspended for refusing to take a drug test.

In November, a mobile phone video of Lamar rapping about drugs and cheating on Khloe is leaked.


In December, Khloe files for divorce.


Lamar and Khloe grow further apart.

Khloe is linked to rapper French Montana, but Lamar and Khloe do not finalise their divorce.

In June, Lamar's best friend Jamie Sangouthai died from a bacterial skin infection caused by intravenous drug use.

Lamar Odom last played in the NBA in 2013. (AP)


In July, it is reported that they have signed divorce papers.

The following month, Lamar and Khloe have a very public argument outside Soul Cycle in Los Angeles at 6.45am.

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