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Lamar Odom ‘on the brink following friend’s death’

Published 22/06/2015

Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom’s loved ones are reportedly worried about how he will cope after losing a second close friend in the space of a week.

The former Los Angeles Lakers player’s best friend Jamie Sangouthai died on June 14 from a bacterial skin infection caused by intravenous drug use. While the 35-year-old was still reeling from the news of his death, on Saturday another long time pal Bobby Heyward also passed away for apparent drug-related issues. The double blow has left loved ones worried for Lamar, who has struggled with substance abuse problems himself in recent years.

“Everyone in Lamar’s group of friends is devastated right now,” an insider told Radar Online. “Lamar has been going down a bad path for a while now, and this could push him over the edge.”

Lamar’s issues with drugs was one of the reasons his marriage to reality star Khloé Kardashian broke down in December 2013.

The sports star hasn’t taken the news of his friend’s deaths well, and was spotted downing vodka and Xanax pills while flying from Las Vegas to Los Angeles last week for Jamie’s funeral. An eyewitness told Radar at the time that the basketball player took full advantage of the first class facilities on the plane and was agitated throughout the flight.

“[He was] not relaxed on the plane,” the source said. “He was singing Sade out loud while he was listening to his headphones and he was all over the place.”

However his loved ones are hoping that despite his heartbreak, Jamie and Bobby’s death will help him stay on the road to recovery.

“Maybe it will wake him up and help him get back on his feet,” another friend added. “We can only hope.”

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