After news surfaced that Lamar Odom was hospitalized after being found unconscious, Lakers star Kobe Bryant left a pre-season game in Las Vegas to be by his friend's side. According to The New York Daily News, Bryant was seen running into the Sunrise Hotel & Medical Center hours after Odom was airlifted from a hospital in Pahrump, Nevada.
Bryant joined Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and a visibly distraught Kris Jenner. While Odom appears to still be in a coma, TMZ reports that his heart is failing. A rep for the hospitalized athlete, however, is urging folks not to listen to false information being spread about Odom's condition.
"Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar," Eve Sarkisyan, Odom's longtime publicist and friend said in a statement. "Please don't listen to false information being circulated unofficially. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time."
The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year was reportedly found unconscious by two women in a VIP suite at the Love Ranch South in Pahrump on Tuesday afternoon. "He said he was just trying to get away from people so he could have some time to himself without the pressures of being who he is," Dennis Hof, owner of the Love Ranch South, told Us Magazine. TMZ reports that a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians triggered Odom — he allegedly received a call from someone who shared with him that a conversation he had with estranged wife Khloé was aired.
Kobe Bryant shared during the 2015 BET Experience's Genius Talks event that he and Odom talk regularly. Check out a clip of Bryant's segment below:
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