One year ago Thursday, the NBA star was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel after overdosing
On Oct. 13, 2015, Odom was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas after being discovered unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Bunny Ranch. In the months following his health scare, Odom suffered from cognitive impairment, speech problems, kidney damage and was unable to walk on his own. But now, the 36-year-old is striving to live a healthier lifestyle, with the hopes of working again.
“Lamar’s life has become a lot more quiet. He is moving back to L.A. from N.Y. and away from some bad influences. He knows he needs to be in a good place to stay healthy. A lot of what happened last year is a blur for Lamar but he knows he almost didn’t make it. There are so many people still rooting for Lamar — he’s a good guy,” a source tells PEOPLE about the father of three. “But it’s been very hard for him to keep his demons in check. He’s had a hard life.”
“Now, Lamar seems to be in a good place. He wants to work again and he wants to be healthy. Everyone who cares about Lamar hopes there won’t be any scares again,” the source adds
Although ex-wife Khloé Kardashian and Odom officially divorced three months prior to his overdose, PEOPLE reported that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star was a constant presence by Odom’s side in the months following his hospitalization. But in the year since, the former couple have officially parted ways and moved on.
“Khloé and Lamar have not spoken in months. It just got to be too hard,” a second source tells PEOPLE about Kardashian, 32, who is currently dating NBA star Tristan Thompson. “She will always care about him, but she had to finally move on and make herself happy.”
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On a July episode of KUWTK, Kardashian expressed her worries about Odom’s health after he asked her for money. “Lamar has come a long way since his whole hospital situation,” she told best friend Malika Haqq. “I’ve put my life on hold to get him on the right track … but there’s so much he has to fix for himself.”
Odom wed the KUWTK star in 2009 after a whirlwind romance and separated in December 2013 after he relapsed with his substance abuse problems and cheated on Kardashian.