Lamar Odom Begged Khloe Kardashian to Keep Him Off KUWTK Before Overdose: Report

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As you've likely heard by now, Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a VIP suite at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada on Tuesday night.

As more facts have emerged, it's become clear that the 35-year-old athlete was profoundly distressed in the days leading up to his collapse.

That's not surprising, but we weren't prepared for this detail:

Lamar Odom Outside a Club

Friends and workers at the Love Ranch feel that Odom's relapse was triggered by Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which he watched Sunday.

And long before that particular episode, many feel that Lamar's depression and anxiety were brought about in part by his continued unwanted fame.

The former NBA star, who has struggled with addiction issues throughout his life, has been separated from Khloe Kardashian for two years.

Apparently that time and physical distance hasn't quelled the undesirable aspects of fame in his mind, as he remained very fragile mentally.

After watching his estranged wife's reality show, he became noticeably despondent and even more careless than usual with his drug abuse.

Now, sources tell Radar that part of the problem may have been that the Kardashian family refused to leave Odom out of their reality show drama

A source says Lamar recently “pleaded with Khloe to stop having the production crew from KUWTK film their phone conversations."

"He wanted them to remain private."

Her response? Take a wild guess ...

"Because Lamar had previously signed off on having his phone calls recorded when he was married to Khloe, [he could still be] part of the show."

"He was powerless."

“Khloe would either ignore the texts and voice mails asking her to stop, or she would tell him, ‘You owe me this after you humiliated me by cheating.'"

Odom had been linked to various women - and various drugs - when things started to fall apart between the couple in mid-to-late 2013.

The source says the combination of Khloe's relationship with James Harden and her decision to continue featuring their tumult took its toll.

Airing her conversations with Odom on the show didn't change their relationship status, but it "created a tremendous amount of stress" for Lamar.

“Lamar had no idea that he was going to be Khloe’s storyline during the past season," says the source close to the ailing basketball star.

"She is always talking about how much she loves the guy, but has no problem exploiting Lamar for her gain. How low can Khloe go?"

“The Kardashians all have Lamar’s blood on their hands," this insider adds. "[They] demonized and exploited him for their stupid show.”

Clearly Lamar's relationship with Khloe was just one of many factors that led to his current state, but it's a PR nightmare for Kris Jenner.

Expect the Kardashians and their popular, long-running E! series to be the subject of scrutiny and harsh criticism in the days to come.

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Lamar Odom Biography

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