Ex-NBA Star Odom Found Unconscious in Brothel

He's fighting for his life in Las Vegas hospital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2015 1:19 AM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2015 6:37 AM CDT
In this March 26, 2013, photo, Los Angeles Clippers player Lamar Odom looks on from the court during an NBA basketball game in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
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(Newser) – It's not looking good for former NBA star Lamar Odom, who was hospitalized on Tuesday afternoon after being found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel near Las Vegas. Sources tell TMZ that Odom is fighting for his life in a Las Vegas hospital and that ex-wife Khloe Kardashian is at his side. The 35-year-old, who spent most of his playing career with the LA Lakers and Clippers, had been at the brothel since Saturday, and owner Dennis Hof says he had been taking a lot of herbal Viagra, but employees didn't see him with any other drugs and he didn't finish a bottle of cognac he ordered over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"He just wanted to get away, have a good time, and relax," Hof tells the AP. He says that when two women went to check on Odom on Tuesday afternoon, they found him facedown and unconscious and he started "throwing up all kinds of stuff" when the women turned him on his side. Police say they were called to the ranch at 3:15pm Tuesday and Odom was stabilized at a nearby hospital before being taken by ambulance to Las Vegas, which is 70 miles away. Authorities say they tried to airlift Odom to the hospital, but the 6-foot-10-inch man was too tall for the helicopter, the Times reports. (Read more Love Ranch stories.)

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