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Lamar Odom Says He Suffered 12 Strokes And 6 Heart Attacks While In A Coma

“It’s a good day to be alive considering the alternative,” the former NBA star said during a recent interview with Kevin Hart.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

More than three years after falling into a coma, former NBA player Lamar Odom is sharing even more details about the 2015 overdose that nearly cost him his life.

Odom was found unconscious and alone in a brothel in Nevada in 2015. He finally regained consciousness after a 72 hours and, eventually, regained his full health.

The former Los Angeles Lakers player sat down with comedian/actor Kevin Hart for an episode of Hart’s YouTube series “Cold as Balls” this week, where he revealed that his health scare was even more frightening than previously reported, explaining that he had suffered multiple strokes and heart attacks during his coma.

“All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle. I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma,” Odom recalled during Tuesday’s episode. Earlier in the interview, he shared that he had overcome his addiction, commenting, “Every day, I’m alive. It’s a good day to be alive considering the alternative.”

Odom also spoke openly about his struggle with anxiety: “Anxiety has always been real bad for me, and it’s crazy because I made a living playing in front of 20,000 people.”

Media scrutiny was a source of anxiety for Odom, who remarked that all the attention “f--ked with [his] head.”

“It made it tough to go outside,” he said, adding later, “Every day, waking up, watching TMZ to see if you gonna be on it for the wrong reasons. It’s not a comfortable feeling, America.”

Odom announced last month that he would soon be returning to the basketball court — in China.

“God is good!” he wrote on Instagram. “Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years.”

[Photo: Lamar Odom attends Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. By Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic, via Getty Images]