Former NBA and reality TV star, Lamar Odom, has been hospitalised after he was found unconscious at a US brothel.
The 35-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family, is in a Las Vegas hospital and there was no immediate word on his condition.
Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, 120km from Las Vegas, to a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance.
Odom was stabilised and taken to Desert View Hospital, in nearby Pahrump. Officials failed to airlift him to Las Vegas, because the 6ft 10in athlete was too tall for the helicopter and he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centre.
Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other legal brothels in Nevada, said his staff picked up Odom from a house in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Mr Hof said.
He said Odom was “happy, he was sleeping every night”, while visiting, but two women went to check on him on Tuesday afternoon, after not hearing from him since early morning, and found him face down and unconscious.
When they turned him on his side, at the direction of a 911 operator, Odom started “throwing up all kinds of stuff”.
Mr Hof said Odom had taken herbal Viagra and had drunk part of a bottle of cognac.
“It’s incredibly sad,” said Hof, who turns 69 on Wednesday. He is known for his own one-time reality show, Cathouse, on HBO.
Odom, who won two NBA championships with the Lakers, in 2009 and 2010, last played in the NBA in 2013, and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian brought further reality TV fame.
Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.
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.
Odom won two championship rings and the NBA’s ‘Man of the Year’ award in 2011.
His troubles worsened after he left the league, and included a no-contest plea to drink-driving.
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 died, and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.
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