LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Former Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom, who was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, remained hospitalized in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with members of the Kardashian family believed to be holding vigil nearby.
The 35-year-old former husband of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Khloe Kardashian suffered a medical emergency at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, where an ambulance was sent about 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 13, according to Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly.
An ambulance from the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Service arrived at 3:34 p.m. and stabilized Odom before taking him to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, which is about 20 miles south of Crystal, Wehrly said.
Odom arrived at the hospital at 4:16 p.m. and arrangements were made to airlift him to a hospital in Las Vegas, but that wasn’t possible due to the 6-foot, 10-inch man’s size, so he was taken by ground ambulance to Sunrise Hospital, Wehrly said.
Details about what led to his medical problem were still sketchy.
Love Ranch owner Dennis Hof, whose brothel the “Bunny Ranch” is featured in an HBO reality series, said Odom was found unconscious in a room where he had been staying since Saturday.
“We called 911, my staff did,” Hof told “Entertainment Tonight.”
“They said, ‘Roll him on his left side’ and he started throwing up a lot but he was breathing. Then the ambulance and the police came and took him to the (hospital). They said he was in bad shape and they thought he might not make it.”
Hof told various media outlets that Odom had been taking herbal Viagra substitutes. He told “Entertainment Tonight” there was no evidence of any other drugs.
“The police looked through his things and they didn’t tell us they found anything,”Hof said. “The girls that were hanging out with him didn’t see any use of any illegal drugs at all.”
The celebrity website TMZ.com, citing witnesses at the hospital, reported that Odom had cocaine and opiates in his system. Doctors have said the fluid found in Odom’s lungs was the result of crack cocaine use, TMZ reported.
Odom last played for the Lakers in 2011 and most recently played in the NBA in 2013 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Odom, a father of two sons and a daughter, won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award while with the Lakers in 2011. He was a member of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 championship teams.
Odom also appeared with his then-wife on the spinoff series, “Khloe & Lamar” in 2011 and 2012.
Although Odom and Khloe Kardashian are divorced, the couple have remained close. On her reality series, Kardashian has made repeated references to her continued affection for Odom and concerns over his past struggles with addiction.
Laker Kobe Bryant was also reported to be among those who have gone to the hospital to offer support. The Lakers played an exhibition game against Sacramento in Las Vegas on Tuesday.