Lamar Odom says surviving his 2015 drug overdose was simply a “miracle.”
In the latest episode of Kevin Hart’s YouTube show, “Cold as Balls,” Odom shared details about his near-fatal drug overdose, which left him in a four-day coma.
“All my doctors that see me say I’m a walking miracle,” he said to Hart in the 11-minute clip. “I had 12 strokes and six heart attacks when I was in a coma.“
Odom was reportedly found unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Nevada. According to reports, blood tests showed the former Los Angeles Lakers star had cocaine in his system at the time of his overdose.
During his conversation with Hart, he went on to recall how his history battling anxiety and reports from TMZ contributed to his breakdown.
“Anxiety has always been real bad for me. And it’s crazy because I made a living playing in front of 20,000 people, he said before later adding, “They [TMZ] f**cked up my head, bro. Made it tough to go outside. Everyday waking up, watching TMZ to see if you’re gonna be on there for the wrong reasons. It’s not a comfortable feeling America.”
Now fully recovered and over his addiction to drugs, the 38-year-old hopes his forthcoming 2019 autobiography will help other people who are dealing with addiction.
“I think my book will let anybody know that they can overcome anything,” he said. “Anybody dealing with addiction or any type of problems that they’re going through.”
Later in the interview, Hart commended Odom for his bravery to take overcome his drug addiction.
“I had no idea that it was that extreme. I had no idea that it was that bad,” the comedian said. “I love the fact that you’re talking about the bad and that you overcame the bad, and you’re standing here now saying that ‘I’m a walking miracle,’ but saying I’m so blessed to be living and now is the road to greatness.”