Fans of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” had bashed Khloe Kardashian and her family for showing footage of Lamar Odom hospitalised and supported by breathing tubes after he was found unconscious from a drug overdose in a brothel. Odom has since recovered and is supporting what his wife did, saying that those images helped him heal faster, reports HollywoodLife.

According to TMZ, the pictures were taken with Lamar Odom’s consent as the retired American basketball player “signed off on them being used on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’” TMZ further adds that insiders associated with the popular show revealed that Khloe took the images of Lamar in his hospital bed to “share with him his progress when he got better.”

HollywoodLife has learned exclusively that “Lamar’s not tripping on those photographs. It is what it is. That’s what really happened to him and those images are part of his journey to a full recovery. Lamar pushed Khloe to put those images out there because it’s a reminder of how close he was to death. Lamar may not be the most outspoken public figure, but he does hope that people out there who see him clinging to life in those images think twice before making a decision that could land them in that hospital bed.”

Odom’s substance abuse has led to problems in his relationship with Khloe. She had revealed in “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” that she’d consider remarrying Odom after their divorce had been finalised. Sadly, Odom has been spotted drinking again yesterday by X17 Online, just after being released from the hospital from a near-death experience. Khloe expressed her disappointment over her ex on her Twitter page, saying “Hummmmmm … People disappoint.”

US Weekly has learned from an insider that Khloe Kardashian is very much concerned about her ex’s wayward ways. “She is very worried, but Lamar refuses to listen to her,” the insider said, adding that “He [Lamar Odom] actually said, ‘Nothing will happen to me. Look at how I survived this last one.’”

If the source is correct, Lamar Odom is indeed treading a dangerous path and should sober down for the sake of his life, if not for his family.