Off-the-Court Losses: The Tragic Life of Lamar Odom

As NBA player-turned-reality star Lamar Odom remained on a ventilator Thursday after collapsing at a Nevada brothel, his precarious condition highlights a life that seemed to have it all — but was too often undercut by heartbreak and tragedy.
His mother died of cancer when he was 12; his youngest of three children died at 6 month 

s;

and two close friends succumbed to drug-related incidents this summer.

Odom had checked into the Love Ranch brothel on Saturday, and was found Tuesday night lying face down and foaming at the mouth in his VIP suite, authorities said. Dennis Hof, the owner of the legal bordello, told NBC News that the 35-year-old athlete was using a sex stimulant he referred to as “herbal Viagra.”

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