Lamar Odom found unconscious


Lamar Odom found unconscious at Nevada brothel; friends, family rush to hospital.

– Former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was hospitalized Tuesday after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.

A source told ESPN that Odom is fighting for his life and “the next 48 hours are critical.”

The Nye County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference at 7 p.m. ET to provide an update on the situation. Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly said in a statement Tuesday that authorities were called at about 3:15 p.m. to Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, about 70 miles outside of Las Vegas, for a report of an unresponsive man needing an ambulance.

Odom, 35, was stabilized and taken to Desert View Hospital in nearby Pahrump, the statement said. Officials then tried to have him airlifted to Las Vegas, but the 6-foot-10 Odom was too tall for the helicopter that was available, so he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who exited Tuesday’s exhibition game — also in Las Vegas — in the third quarter for a lower leg contusion, visited the hospital, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak visited the hospital as well.

Dennis Hof, who owns Love Ranch and other legal brothels in Nevada, said his staff picked up Odom from a home in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Hof told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Hof said Odom was “happy, he was sleeping every night” while visiting, but two women went to check on Odom on Tuesday afternoon, after not hearing from him since early morning, and they 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.”