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US basketball star Lamar Odom in coma after being found unconscious in brothel

By Valerie Edwards

One of America's NBA stars, Lamar Odom, is fighting for his life after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.

The professional basketball player was at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch, a legal brothel in the town of Crystal, for a number of days partying with girls and taking a herbal substitute for viagra when he experienced a "medical emergency", reports TMZ.

Odom was found unconscious in a VIP suite with fluid streaming from his mouth by two prostitutes working at the ranch.

Arrangements were made to fly him to a Las Vegas hospital, but at 6ft10in he was too tall to fit in the helicopter, authorities told NBC News.

The 35-year-old was stabilised and taken to a hospital near Las Vegas, but the former Lakers star remains in a coma with his heart, lungs and kidneys reportedly failing. 

Odom, who won two National Basketball Association championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010, is also a reality TV star and the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian.

She is said to be "inconsolable" and is by his bedside.

Khloe recently spoke of her fears that Odom would "spiral out of control" after his longtime friend Jamie Sangouthai died. Khloe and Odom divorced in 2013, four years after they married.

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian rushed to be with him and Scott Disick and Rob Kardashian are trying to make their way to the hospital as well.

Kobe Bryant left the game against the Sacramento Kings last night to be with former teammate and friend.

Several NBA players and celebrities are taking to Twitter wishing for a full recovery for Odom and praying for his family. Miami Heat star, Dwayne Wade,  has tweeted well wishes and his tweet was retweeted by his wife Gabrielle Union.

Paul Pierce from the Los Angeles Clippers and Vince Carter from the Memphis Grizzlies also tweeted prayers for Odom's recovery.

Odom played one season at the University of Rhode Island before being drafted in the first round with the No. 4 overall pick by the Clippers in the 1999 NBA draft.

He faced some troubles before and during his career, but they appeared to worsen after he left the league.

Odom was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months. During the 2010-11 season, a cousin he was close to died and Odom was a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident in New York that killed a cyclist.

In 2006, Odom's six-month-old son Jayden died from sudden infant death syndrome while sleeping in his cot in New York.

He has a daughter Destiny and a son Lamar Jr from a previous relationship.

Born in New York City, Odom was raised by his grandmother after his mother died of cancer when he was 12. His father was a drug addict.

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