Saturday 21 April 2018

Reality tv star Lamar Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel

The reality TV star married Khloe Kardashian in 2009

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

Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom has been taken to hospital after he was found unconscious at a brothel, authorities said.

Nye County Sheriff's Department was called to the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles from Las Vegas to a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance.

He was stabilised and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said.

Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6ft 8in star was too tall for the helicopter and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre.

There was no further word on Odom's condition.

The emergency call came from Richard Hunter, media director for Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other brothels in Nevada, the sheriff's statement said.

It seemed like it was going on forever, but Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's divorce was only finalised this year.

Odom, 35, last played in the NBA in 2013 and saw reality TV fame through his four-year marriage to Khloe Kardashian.

Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences.

The two were married in 2009 in a large ceremony that was taped for the E! network, following a whirlwind engagement that was also filmed.

Some troubles that faced Odom before and during his NBA career appeared to worsen after he left the league, and included a no-contest plea to drink-driving shortly before his divorce.

Odom won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, and most recently played for the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2012-13 season, his second stint with the team. He became a free agent in July 2013 but no other NBA team signed him.

In February last year, Odom signed with a Spanish team on a two-month deal but a month later he returned to the US because of a back injury.

Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months. During the 2010-11 season, a cousin he was close to died and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.

He helped the US win a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Born in Queens, New York, he was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer when he was 12. His father was a drug addict.

In 2006, Odom's six-month-old son Jayden died from sudden infant death syndrome while sleeping in his cot in New York.

He has a daughter Destiny and a son Lamar Jr, from a previous relationship.

Mr Hof, who had his own reality series, Cathouse, on HBO, said Odom had been staying at his home attached to the brothel since Saturday.

He said Odom "wanted to get away from everybody, wanted to have fun".

He said two women from the brothel found Odom unconscious in the afternoon after not seeing him since early in the morning.

He said that when they turned him over, "terrible stuff came out" of his mouth or nose.

Mr Hof said Odom had been taking herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac after arriving.

Press Association

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