Lamar Odom’s grim arc of a life — a life that we hope is not about to end early, despite ominous reports — is a distinctly American horror story

He was born to a father plagued by heroin addiction. Cancer killed his mother when he was 12 years old. He became a basketball prodigy — but would later speak of being “bought and sold” multiple times by hoops hustlers before he even turned 18. Still, Lamar Odom soared to the NBA‘s highest heights, becoming one of the league’s most well-liked players while achieving pro sports glory

Odom’s fame increased in a most American way when, at the height of his career in 2009, he married Khloe Kardashian and became a reality TV star. Now, Odom’s story — marked by a tough childhood, athletic promise, professional success and a most modern sort of fame — could end in tragedy Read more…

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