Lamar Odom Updates: Fact Vs. Fiction, Part Two
Lamar Odom’s health crisis continues to be dogged by misinformation, untrue rumors, and blatant fabrications. Gossip Cop is again exposing the fiction and revealing the facts.
FICTION: Lamar Odom’s heart stopped beating multiple times on the way to the Las Vegas hospital, according to RadarOnline.
FACT: At the Nye County Sheriff’s press conference on Wednesday, one official said, “There was no indication of [a cardiac] arrest of any type” during transport. Specifically asked if Odom’s heart stopped, the official responded, “I’m not aware of any cessation of heart.”
FICTION: Lamar Odom is much improved with his heart function proving he’s out of the woods.
FACT: While there was indication on Friday morning that Odom’s heart, one of several failing organs, was getting better, he remains in critical condition and on life support with a ventilator and breathing tube. He is still unconscious and unresponsive, with doctors unable to assess the extent of any brain damage. There is also no guarantee Odom’s heart function will continue to increase.
FICTION: Lamar Odom showed signs of responsiveness when he squeezed a family member’s hand, according to “Entertainment Tonight.”
FACT: Such movements by comatose patients are often involuntary, and doctors have said Odom is still not showing any signs of cognizant responsiveness. And the longer he remains in this state of unconsciousness, the harder it may become for Odom to have a meaningful recovery. If he survives, Odom may have limited mobility severely impacting his quality of life.
FICTION: Lamar Odom has died, according to TMZ.
FACT: TMZ did NOT report Odom has died. Rather, people are being duped by an unaffiliated website called “TMZ Today,” which notes in a disclaimer that it publishes satirical pieces for entertainment purposes. It has shamefully been running a fake Odom death story for several days now. Though still in critical condition, Odom is very much alive.
FICTION: Lamar Odom’s daughter and ex-girlfriend each tweeted about the tragedy, according to HollywoodLife and People.
FACT: The Twitter accounts cited by both outlets were fakes run by imposters. Neither Destiny Odmom nor Liza Morales have used Twitter to comment on the situation. In fact, the Twitter accounts in question were shut down after Gossip Cop called them out. Destiny and her brother Lamar Jr. did, however, release a statement on Thursday night asking for continued prayers and privacy.
FICTION: The Kardashians stopped filming at Lamar Odom’s hospital after the doctors demanded the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” cameras be shut down, according to RadarOnline.
FACT: As Gossip Cop was the first to exclusively confirm, the Kardashians did NOT bring a camera crew with them to Las Vegas. Rather than admitting its mistake, RadarOnline decided to pile another lie on top of it, claiming that hospital filming did take place in the “beginning.” It is not true. There was never any shooting whatsoever.
FICTION: Kourtney Kardashian fought with Kim and Khloe Kardashian about Scott Disick visiting Lamar Odom, according to HollywoodLife.
FACT: This story was filled with inaccuracies, such as wrongly stating Odom’s hospitalization spurred Disick to enter rehab, when he had actually sought treatment several days before. Sloppiness aside, the main premise was also wrong. A rep for Kardashian exclusively told Gossip Cop that there was never any argument between the sisters about Disick potentially going to the hospital, calling the tall tale “absolutely false.”
FICTION: Caitlyn Jenner visited Lamar Odom in the hospital, according to the New York Daily News.
FACT: In addition to the Daily News, a number of other outlets (including HollywoodLife, E!, and the Daily Mail) spread this mistaken claim, all the while Jenner was still in Los Angeles, maintaining a respectful distance and offering Odom’s loved ones privacy. Jenner’s rep told Gossip Cop that she never made any hospital trip and that, even worse, the publications “never checked to confirm and ran erroneous stories.”
Gossip Cop is dismayed but not surprised to see such false reports circulating amid Odom’s medical emergency. Stick with us as we continue to separate fact from fiction.