Sources say Lamar Odom Had Drugs in his System, Suffered Brain Damage

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Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom suffered brain damage and at least one stroke and is on a ventilator after having been found unconscious at a Nevada brothel where he had been partying all weekend, according to sources close to the athlete.

The sources told E!, which is owned by NBC Universal, that medical personnel informed them that the onetime Los Angeles Lakers champion had multiple drugs in his system when he was rushed from the Love Ranch to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Khloé Kardashian — whom Odom married in 2009 in a wedding featured on the E! series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” — was at Odom’s bedside, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said in a tweet that he had visited with them and “had prayer.”

Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom suffered brain damage and at least one stroke and is on a ventilator after having been found unconscious at a Nevada brothel where he had been partying all weekend, according to sources close to the athlete.

The sources told E!, which is owned by NBC Universal, that medical personnel informed them that the onetime Los Angeles Lakers champion had multiple drugs in his system when he was rushed from the Love Ranch to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Khloé Kardashian — whom Odom married in 2009 in a wedding featured on the E! series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” — was at Odom’s bedside, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said in a tweet that he had visited with them and “had prayer.”

Hof told NBC News that Odom had been using a sex stimulant he called “herbal Viagra” that is sold at the ranch but that no illegal drugs were found in his VIP suite.

“We never saw it,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “My staff told him: no drugs.”

After the brothel called 911, Odom was rushed to a nearby hospital and then taken by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas because he was too tall to fit in a helicopter, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said.

The hospital didn’t release any information about Odom’s condition.

Relatives and former teammates of Odom — who won NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 — were pulling for him to recover.

“I’m praying to God. I’m asking God to please let him survive,” his paternal grandmother, Florence, told NBC News.

In a recent episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kardashian is shown taking a call from Odom, who was grieving the death of his best friend in June.

“Lamar has suffered so much loss in his life,” Kardashian said. “I’m really on high alert for Lamar because anything will set him to spiral, and that’s kind of the last thing I want for him.”

SOURCE: NBC News