Lamar Odom opens eyes, communicates after being in coma

FILE - In this July 2, 2012 file photo, newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom takes questions during an NBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Odom, the former NBA star and reality TV personality embraced by teammates and fans alike for his humble approach to fame, was hospitalized and his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian is by his side, after being found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel where he had been staying for days. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Las Vegas (KRON) – ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT has exclusively learned that Lamar Odom has opened his eyes and was able to communicate.  When asked if he wanted to see his children, the 35-year-old former NBA star communicated “Yes” according to a source in the hospital.  It is unclear if he spoke or used body language to communicate.

Lamar Odom’s aunt and godmother is thanking the public for its support after the NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

Publicist Alvina Alston issued a statement Friday on behalf of JaNean Mercer, Odom’s maternal aunt and godmother.

The statement said in part: “No words can express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for the outpouring of support from around the world.”

Alston said Mercer is the sister of Odom’s late mother who helped raise him in New York, where she still lives. Mercer and other family members, including estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, are now in Las Vegas.

The statement says, “His complete healing is paramount and our primary focus.”

Odom remains hospitalized in Las Vegas after being found unconscious Tuesday at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada.

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