Lamar Odom, Former Heat Player, Hospitalized After Being Found Unconscious in Brothel (UPDATE)

Lamar Odom (first from the left) played for the Heat during the 2003-04 season, earning himself "fan favorite" status.
Lamar Odom (first from the left) played for the Heat during the 2003-04 season, earning himself "fan favorite" status.

Update 2: TMZ Sports is reporting that Odom is suffering organ failure, including his kidneys. TMZ Sports also says Odom has had heart problems as well.

Update: According to at least one report, Odom suffered "a couple of strokes" since he was first found unresponsive. Another report quotes an anonymous source who says Odom went on a drug binge during his weekend stay at the Nevada brothel where he ingested "every drug imaginable."  The same report goes on to say that the anonymous source does not believe this was a suicide attempt, and that Odom might suffer brain damage as a result of his overdose. 

Original Post: Former Miami Heat forward and fan favorite Lamar Odom was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday after he was found unconscious at a Nevada-area brothel. According to an initial report by TMZ, Odom, 35, was found unresponsive by a woman at the Love Ranch South, a legal brothel located in Pahrump, Nevada. The owner of the brothel, Dennis Hof, told NBC News that he called 911 and instructed members of his staff to turn Odom over onto his side.

“There was this terrible foaming stuff coming out of him," Hof told NBC. "He was throwing up, a little bit of blood.”

Hof went on to say that no illegal drugs were found in Odom's room at the brothel and claims that the former NBA star had taken a lot of "herbal Viagra," which can be extremely dangerous if taken in large doses.

According to multiple reports, Odom checked into Love Ranch South on Saturday. He was found unconscious on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 (6:30 EST) and rushed to an area hospital. He was then taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, doctors had to insert a breathing tube into Odom's trachea to keep him alive. According to multiple reports, Odom is in critical condition and is breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

Odom began his NBA career in 1999 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2003, the Heat signed Odom as a free agent and teamed him up with a rookie named Dwyane Wade. The pair, along with Caron Butler, Eddie Jones, and Brian Grant, quickly became the nucleus for one of the most memorable and exciting Heat teams in franchise history. Odom flourished in Miami, averaging 17.1 points a game and 9.7 rebounds. The Heat had won only 25 games the season before Odom arrived, but once he was teamed up with Wade and Butler, the three young stars led Miami to the second round of the playoffs.

Odom was eventually packaged along with Butler and Grant to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade that brought Shaquille O'Neal to Miami. But that 2003-04 Heat squad is regarded by many fans as one of the most exciting in franchise history.

In recent years, Odom has been better-known for his ties to reality-TV star Khloé Kardashian, whom he married in 2009. The pair announced their divorce in 2013. 

Odom has suffered through a string of tragic events throughout his life, including the death of his mother when he was a boy and the death of his 6-month-old son, Jayden, who passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2006. He's also been public about his struggles with mental health and bouts of depression, as well as his substance abuse issues.

As news of his Nevada incident began to spread Tuesday night into Wednesday, former NBA teammates expressed concern for Odom, including Wade, who took to Twitter. 

As did Odom's former Heat teammates and the organization itself:

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