Lamar Odom was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after being found unconscious at a brothel in Crystal, Nevada, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s department.
The former NBA player, who had finalized his divorce from Khloe Kardashian this summer, was reportedly discovered by employees of the Love Ranch South with “mucus-type liquid coming out of his nose and mouth” and was taken to a nearby hospital before being transferred to another facility in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, Odom remains in critical condition and is breathing with the assistance of machines.
In a statement, Odom’s rep said, “Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar,” but added “Please don’t listen to the false information being circulated unofficially.”
The cause of Odom’s medical emergency is still unknown. While he’s allegedly had drug problems in the past, the owner of the Love Ranch, Dennis Hof, said Odom consumed cognac and was taking copious amounts of herbal Viagra (which can cause significant jumps in blood pressure) since his arrival on Saturday. Nobody, however, saw him take anything illegal.
“The only thing we know for sure is he was taking an excessive amount of herbal Viagra,” Hof said. “Not to say he wasn’t doing any drugs, but nobody saw anything like that and they saw no effects. He was sleeping every night, so the assumption is he wasn’t doing anything.”
Hof told US that Odom was “wanting to get away and have some fun.”
A call to 911 was placed by management at around 3:15 p.m. PT on Tuesday and a medical team stabilized Odom upon arrival 19 minutes later, according to Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly. He arrived at Desert View Hospital at 4:16 p.m., while detectives conducted an investigation on scene. Once treated by physicians, Odom was driven – he proved to be too tall to be airlifted – to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, about 60 miles away.
According to TMZ, Odom’s heart is failing and he is battling serious complications with his kidneys and lungs. Khloe Kardashian, who married Odom in 2009, jumped on a private plane with Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner to be by his side. Some of Odom’s former Laker teammates, including Kobe Bryant, also visited him at Sunrise Hospital following their preseason game against the Kings in Las Vegas.