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Ex-husband of Kardashian sister hospitalised after being found unconscious in brothel

Lamar Odom, a former NBA star, was found in the legal brothel in Nevada yesterday and is reportedly fighting for his life.

Kardashian Odom Divorce Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Source: AP/Press Association Images

LAMAR ODOM, A former NBA champion who gained wider fame as the husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, is in hospital after being found “unresponsive” at a Nevada brothel, authorities said yesterday.

The Nye County Sheriff’s Department was called yesterday afternoon to Love Ranch, a legal brothel in Crystal, Nevada, for a report of an “unresponsive” man needing an ambulance, Sheriff Sharon A Wehrly said in a statement.

The sheriff said the man identified as Odom was treated by physicians and taken to hospital in nearby Pahrump, Nevada, before being transported to the Sunrisk Hospital and Medical Centre in Las Vegas.

The emergency call came from Richard Hunter, media director for Dennis Hof, who owns the Love Ranch and other brothels in Nevada, Wehrly said.

Lamar Odom Media stand outside the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas awaiting news on the condition of Lamar Odom Source: AP/Press Association Images

There were no further details on the condition of the 35-year-old, who was reported by TMZ to be “fighting for his life”.

Odom won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, but last played in the league in 2013.

He married Kardashian in 2009 in a televised wedding, but she filed for divorce in 2013.

In August of that year, Odom, the subject of a string of news stories about alleged drug use and marriage troubles, was arrested for drunk driving.

Lamar Odom DUI Basketball Odom, pictured playing for the LA Clippers in March 2013 Source: AP/Press Association Images

He last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2012-13 season, becoming a free agent in July of 2013.

In April of 2014 he signed with the New York Knicks, but didn’t appear in their final game and was released in July of that year.

Along with his NBA titles, Odom earned the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award as the NBA’s top reserve in 2011, and won Olympic bronze with the USA at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

His personal life, however, has been touched by tragedy.

Estranged from his heroin-addict father at an early age, Odom was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old.

In 2006 his six-month-old son Jayden, one of three children with his onetime girlfriend Liza Morales, died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

© – AFP, 2015

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