Odom awake, is able to communicate
LAS VEGAS — Lamar Odom regained consciousness Friday, was speaking and even offered a thumbs-up from his hospital bed, according to a family representative, three days after the former NBA star was found in critical condition at a Nevada brothel.
Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Odom's maternal aunt and godmother, said Odom communicated for the first time since being hospitalized Tuesday.
Authorities are still retracing Odom's $75,000, three-day visit to the brothel that started late Saturday afternoon, with blood test results to determine what caused his medical episode still pending.
The brothel's owner and spokesman have said Odom, 35, chose two women to accompany him on his first visit to the ranch. They said Odom, the former Laker and Clipper who hasn't played in the NBA since 2013, had said he had done cocaine before his arrival, and the brothel officials said they saw him drink alcohol and take up to 10 supplements sold as "herbal Viagra."
The brothel also said Odom became upset Sunday after a phone call where the Keeping Up With the Kardashians TV show was mentioned. His estranged wife is Khloe Kardashian; papers have been filed but their pending divorce isn't official.
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