Lamar Odom has awoken from his coma and is now breathing on his own, a source close to the situation tells Variety.
The former NBA player and reality star remains in critical condition, but is finally communicating. He was hospitalized and put on life support on Tuesday following a drug overdose at a brothel in Nevada — 90 minutes northwest of Las Vegas.
“Lamar is conscious and was able to say hi to Khloé, but his condition remains guarded,” the source says of Odom’s estranged wife Khloé Kardashian.
Odom is no longer dependent on a breathing tube and is wearing a breathing mask instead, according to ESPN.
Odom’s condition has improved slightly over the past 36 hours as doctors work to make sure his organs function properly. His heart, kidneys and lungs were all failing just a few days ago after Odom suffered from multiple strokes.
Kardashian has been by Odom’s bedside since Tuesday night. Her mom Kris Jenner and several of her sisters, including Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, visited him as well. Odom’s father, his two children and their mother are currently by him.
Odom’s former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Reverend Jesse Jackson visited him, too.
Staff at the Love Ranch South immediately called 911 after finding Odom unconscious on Tuesday. At a press conference on Wednesday, the Nye Country Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Odom had used cocaine, along with “10 tabs of sexual performances enhancers.” Authorities said blood, along with a white substance, was gushing out of his mouth and nose.
Odom was an NBA power forward for 14 seasons, including seven with the Los Angeles Lakers, five with the Los Angeles Clippers and one with the Dallas Mavericks. He was released from the NBA in 2013.
In addition to “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” he also starred in the E! reality spinoff “Khloé & Lamar.”