Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Lamar Odom had been using cocaine, brothel employees say

Crystal, Nevada (CNN)Former NBA star Lamar Odom had been using cocaine on Saturday, employees at the Nevada brothel where he was found unresponsive four days later told 911 dispatchers, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly told reporters Wednesday.
Investigators have obtained a blood sample from Odom, which will be submitted for testing to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police laboratory.
"At this point, the case is ongoing," Wehrly said.

On a 911 call played at a news conference, a woman says she also saw Odom take 10 herbal supplement tablets over three days.
Odom was found on Tuesday, the fourth day, lying in bed on his side, with a pinkish fluid coming from his mouth and nose, callers told 911 operators.
    He was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas, about an hour's drive from Crystal.
    Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Chief Scott Lewis told reporters there were no incidents as Odom was driven from a hospital in Pahrump to Las Vegas.
    Odom, who won two NBA championships and appeared in reality TV shows with Kardashian, was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon at the Love Ranch in Crystal, authorities said.
    "When they took him to the Pahrump hospital, the people there told us, 'He doesn't look good. He doesn't look like he'll make it, and if he does, he won't be the same,' " brothel owner Dennis Hof said.
    Officials haven't said what was wrong with Odom, and his condition remains unclear.
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited Odom on Wednesday morning, said the former basketball star was on life support and is not conscious.
    Authorities originally planned to fly him to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas, but said the 6-foot-10 Odom was too tall to fit in a helicopter. An ambulance then took him to the facility, about 60 miles away from Pahrump.

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