AFRICANGLOBE – Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after a ‘crack-cocaine and opiate-fueled’ weekend at a Nevada brothel, with sources now saying that his collapse may have been sparked by the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Following news of former LA Laker’s alleged overdose, his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian rushed to be by his side at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. She was quickly followed by sister Kim Kardashian West and mother Kris Jenner, who were both pictured outside the hospital on Wednesday looking worried.
Kourtney Kardashian arrived at the hospital early Wednesday afternoon as did Kendall Jenner.
Doctors are currently treating Odom’s case as a non-suicidal drug-overdose, according to a source at the hospital. The source says that doctors found ‘virtually every drug imaginable’ in the 35-year-old’s system. Other sources told TMZ that he suffered multiple strokes, is on kidney dialysis and has just a 50/50 chance of survival and will likely suffer brain damage.
Khloe meanwhile is making medical decisions for Odom according to TMZ as even though the two signed divorce papers in July they have yet to be processed and the pair are still legally married.
The exact kind of stroke Odom is believed to have suffered involves a blood clot blocking blood flow to the brain, and is often a result of a cocaine overdose. The insider said that Odom started taking cocaine on Friday and ‘chocked on his mucus’.
That report is seconded by a source who said that the mucus in Odom’s lungs was caused by smoking crack-cocaine. That source added that doctors also found opiates in the ex-NBA star’s system and needle marks on one of his arms.
However, it appears the overdose was not intentional but possibly a result of Odom’s history of drug abuse.
‘The long term effects of his drug use have taken a toll on his body and the binge this time was too much to handle,’ according to a source.
Odom is reportedly on life support in a coma, with his heart, lungs and kidneys failing. Multiple sources say the overdose follows an upsetting call Odom received on Sunday, in connection to his portrayal on Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Brothel owner Dennis Hof says Odom was in high spirits when he picked the athlete up at his LA gated community on Saturday, but says he became ‘bummed’ after receiving a phone call on Sunday.
Sources tell TMZ that the phone call was related to his portrayal on the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, and that after taking the call he became ‘irate’ and remained inconsolable up until he was found unconscious.
TMZ says Odom was allegedly triggered by a re-run of Keeping Up With The Kardashians which aired on Sunday, in which Khloe told the cameras she was worried Lamar would ‘spiral’ out of control after the recent drug-related death of his best friend. A Kardashian spokesman told Daily Mail Online that Odom’s medical emergency ‘had nothing to do with the show’.
The Kardashians are not filming at the hospital or in Las Vegas.
Hof said that neither he or any of his girls had seen Odom take illicit drugs during his four-day stay.
Hof says that over the weekend, Odom consumed 10 herbal Viagra pills and two-thirds of a bottle of cognac. Other sources told TMZ though that Odom was popping 8 to 10 of these pills at a time, and that he used regular Viagra as well.
While Viagra is a widely used and considered a generally safe drug to treat erectile dysfunction, it does come with some rare side effects that can cause low blood pressure, heart attack and even stroke.
‘Of course everybody’s thinking, “Well, maybe it was drugs.” We didn’t see any effects of that,’ Hof told E! ‘He was going to sleep every night, and I don’t think he was doing any drugs – although you never can tell. He was doing an herbal Viagra and a lot of it.’
Two prostitutes found the former NBA star unconscious and foaming at the mouth around 3:15pm on Tuesday in a VIP house attached to the legal brothel in Pahrump, Nevada.
‘There was some blood coming out of him. The 911 operator asked them to turn him on his left side and of course he’s a big guy, so it was a big challenge,’ Hof said. ‘They did that and a lot of stuff started coming out of him. He started throwing up and they say it was a horrifying sight…Then the paramedics took over.’
In an appearance on Nancy Grace, Hof said that two girls left Odom’s room at 6am on Tuesday and that he seemed fine. Some of his staff returned at midday that day to bring by some food but said he was asleep. When some of his ‘girls’ stopped by three hours later, they found him unconscious and foaming from the mouth.
Odom had been taken by ambulance to the nearby Desert View Hospital, where doctors intubated the basketball player, but he did not regain consciousness.
He then had to be taken to the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas by ambulance for further treatment because at 6ft 10in he was too tall to be airlifted.
His former LA Lakers team mate Kobe Bryant has also been seen visiting the Sunrise Hospital after leaving his team’s game against the Sacramento Kings early last night.
The medical emergency is bringing even the most estranged members of the Kardashian clan together, including Khloe’s brother Rob who has cut ties with his family in recent years. Rob lived with Khloe and Lamar during their short marriage, and had a close friendship with his then brother-in-law.
Eldest Kardashian sister Kourtney spent the morning in Los Angeles, taking her daughter Penelope and niece North West to ballet practice before later boarding a private plane out of town.
Her recently estranged partner, Scott Disick, was also rumored to be rushing to Odom’s side, but it’s unclear if he is actually at the hospital since he has checked into the Cliffside Malibu rehabilitation center.
‘Everyone has dropped everything to get there,’ a source told People. ‘There are a lot of calls and texts going back and forth as everyone is figuring out how they can help and be there for each other. They are asking their close friends to pray for Lamar, for healing and strength.
‘There is confusion about his condition, and they don’t know the extent of his injuries, but I’ll tell you this: they wouldn’t just drop everything unless it was serious.
‘The family has been told that this isn’t just a minor thing; that it was extremely serious.’
Kylie Jenner was in the middle of a livestream when news of Odom’s collapse broke, and immediately ended the video. Her sister Kendall, in Shanghai for fashion week, tweeted ‘please don’t go’ Wednesday morning.
Khloe also flew in Lamar’s father and two children – Destiny and Lamar Jr. – so they could be close to him according to People.
There’s no word whether Caitlyn Jenner will visit her former son-in-law. She was in Kennewick, Washington earlier this week to visit her mother who recently broke both hips.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was one of Odom’s many visitors on Wednesday and spoke to reporters outside the hospital, saying that doctors he spoke to say Odom is recovering.
‘Apparently from what the doctor said, he was much better off today than yesterday. He at least has some responsiveness now,’ Jackson said. ‘He’s got tubes in him now but we felt inspired by his presence.’
‘We’re just holding hands and hoping he can bounce back,’ Jackson added.
However, sources told TMZ that Jackson was only let in to pray for 30 minutes next to Odom and that he was ‘flat-out wrong’ about Odom’s condition
Meanwhile speaking outside the facility, Odom’s personal trainer Fareed Samad said he believed his client has suffered a ‘momentary lapse’ and had previously been working out for three hours a day in a bid to get fit.
He explained: ‘This is all of a sudden. He was doing so well and was looking to get back to fitness.
‘Next thing you know someone calls and tells me he is unconscious.’
Asked why he thought the NBA star had gone to the brothel, Mr Samad added: ‘When he wakes up we will find out.’
Odom arrived at the legal brothel, the Love Ranch, in Crystal over the weekend and ordered a bottle of cognac.
It is understood that a female worker at the ranch last saw him at around 6am Tuesday morning.
Fellow ranch workers Ryder Cherry and Monica Monroe then discovered the basketball player unresponsive around 3pm that afternoon and immediately called for a manager.
By: Chris Spargo, Evan Bleier, Jennifer Newton And Grant Hodgson