Lamar Odom has regained consciousness three days after he was found unresponsive inside a Nevada motel.
The former NBA star spoke and gave a thumbs-up greeting from his hospital bed on October 16, said JaNean Mercer, a spokeswoman for the Odom family said.
Lamar Odom, 35, had been on life support after being found on October 13 with blood coming from his nose and mouth.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star has long struggled with addiction.
Police said that an employee of Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, told emergency services dispatchers that Lamar Odom had been taking cocaine and libido enhancers.
Motel employees said Lamar Odom had spent several days at the location.
Lamar Odom’s estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, had been making medical decisions on his behalf.
The sportsman and Khloe Kardashian were married in 2009 in a ceremony that was taped for E! channel.
Although Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, it had yet to be processed.
VIDEO Lamar Odom took cocaine before being found unconscious in a Nevada motel, an employee at the location told emergency services.
The 35-year-old former LA Lakers star is now in hospital, where he is on life support.
Lamar Odom, who married Khloe Kardashian in 2009, has long struggled with addiction.
The employee told 911 dispatchers that Lamar Odom had been taking cocaine and libido enhancers, said a Nevada police officer.
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Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said on October 14 that Lamar Odom was found unresponsive with blood coming from his nose and mouth.
The 911 caller also said Lamar Odom had over several days been taking cocaine and other pills.
Nevada authorities have taken a blood sample to establish if there was anything in his body.
After visiting Lamar Odom at a Las Vegas hospital, Reverend Jesse Jackson said there were signs of responsiveness.
Although Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, it had yet to be processed and she was making decisions about Lamar Odom’s medical care.
Lamar Odom is being treated in hospital after being found unconscious in Crystal, Nevada, police said.
The former NBA star had to be driven to hospital because he was too tall to be airlifted in a helicopter.
Lamar Odom, 35, has played basketball for Miami, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
He also played for the USA team in the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning the bronze medal.
The sportsman’s condition is unknown but well-wishers tweeted their support following the news.
Lamar Odom, who was married to Khloe Kardashian, has long struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.
He was involved in a DUI case in 2013 and was suspended from the NBA for violating its anti-drug policy in 2000.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian were married in 2009 in a ceremony that was taped for E! TV. They divorced in 2013.