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Lamar Odom Is on Life Support, “Has Some Responsiveness,” Says Rev. Jesse Jackson After Hospital Visit

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, who visited Lamar Odom in the hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 14, gave an update on the NBA player's condition -- get the details.

Following his visit with Lamar Odom on Wednesday, Oct. 14, civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson gave an update to reporters about the NBA player’s condition after he was found unconscious on Tuesday in a Nevada brothel.

Jackson confirmed to reporters that Odom, 35, is currently on life support — but has shown signs of responsiveness. “Doctors felt he is much better off today than he was yesterday,” Jackson told the Orange County Register outside of Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. “At least there is some responsiveness now.”

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According to the paper’s Los Angeles Lakers beat reporter Bill Oram, Jackson was hopeful about Odom’s condition.

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As previously reported, Odom’s estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, was “inconsolable” and rushed to be by his side on Tuesday, where she remained overnight. A rep for the L.A. County Superior Court confirmed to Us on Wednesday that a judge has yet to sign off on the couple’s divorce documents, so they’re still legally bound in marriage.

“It was a great joy to see her giving him embraces, giving him care and being by his side…” Jackson told reporters of Kardashian. “She’s strong and she’s hopeful and she’s acting and loving and by his side.”

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Kardashian filed for divorce in December 2013, and signed the documents with Odom this past July. Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that Kardashian hasn’t budged from Odom’s side. “[She is] so serious and when he does wake up, he will see her right there in the room with him,” Jackson said. “We certainly hope he comes out of this, it seems he will.”

Jesse Jackson and Lamar Odom
Jesse Jackson and Lamar Odom

Kardashian has also been joined at the hospital by her mom, Kris Jenner, and pregnant older sister Kim Kardashian. A source close to the Kardashians told Us on Wednesday that Odom suffered several strokes overnight. The same insider revealed that ” a significant amount of cocaine was found in his system.”

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Jackson also revealed that other former teammates and childhood friends have stopped by the hospital to see Odom, including Kobe Bryant. The Lakers standout abruptly left the team’s game in Vegas on Tuesday night.

“We’re just holding hands and hoping he can bounce back,” Jackson concluded.

Meanwhile, Odom’s rep released an exclusive statement to Us Weekly early Wednesday morning. “Family and friends are extremely concerned for Lamar,” the athlete’s longtime publicist and friend, Eve Sarkisyan, told Us. “Please don’t listen to the false information being circulated unofficially. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

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