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Lamar Odom's family watch and wait for news of his condition as he fights for his life

  • Family and friends were seen going in and out of JaNean Mercer's home
  • Mercer raised Odom after his mother died of colon cancer when he was 12 years old 
  • Lamar's cousin Albert McDuffie told Daily Mail Online he is proud of Lamar and refers to him as 'my dude'
  • 'I'm calling on all my prayer warriors please pray for Lamar Odom,' said his cousin Melvina Harris Chapman 
  • Odom is fighting for his life after a 'crack-cocaine and opiate-fueled' weekend at a Nevada brothel

By Martin Gould For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:43 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 17:44 EST, 14 October 2015

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Lamar Odom's devastated family spent today rushing to make last-minute travel plans to fly out West as the former basketball star clings to life in a Las Vegas hospital.

Family and friends gathered at the home of his aunt JaNean Mercer throughout the day. 

'I hate seeing my boy this way,' Odom's cousin, Albert 'Alleycat' McDuffie, told Daily Mail Online exclusively outside Mercer's home in South Ozone Park, Queens.

McDuffie, 59, is fiercely proud of his distant cousin and also refers to him as 'my dude.' 

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Teenage years: Lamar (pictured his sophomore year of high school) played basketball at Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens

Teenage years: Lamar (pictured his sophomore year of high school) played basketball at Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens

Family first: Lamar's Godmother and aunt, JaNean Mercer, helped raise him after his mother died of cancer
'I hate seeing my boy this way': A cousin of Odom steps outside the family home devastated by the news

Family first: Lamar's Godmother and aunt, JaNean Mercer (left), helped raise him after his mother died of cancer. His cousin, Albert McDuffie (right), said outside the family home 'I hate seeing my boy this way'

Shining star: Lamar spent most of his professional basketball career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent seven years with the team

Shining star: Lamar spent most of his professional basketball career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent seven years with the team

Odom is fighting for his life after a 'crack-cocaine and opiate-fueled' weekend at a Nevada brothel, with sources now saying that his collapse may have been sparked by the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians. 

The 35-year-old had reportedly been at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, for days partying.

Owner Dennis Hof said Odom began foaming at the mouth and vomiting.

Lamar was raised by his grandmother Mildred Mercer and his aunt and Godmother JaNean after his mother, Cathy Mercer, died of colon cancer when he was just 12 years old. 

That request was made by his mother shortly after she was diagnosed with the disease.

Mercer, a teacher, was instrumental in keeping him on the right track and trying to shape his career while he grew up in Queens.

She helped get him out of New York for his senior year of high school and into Maine Central Institute, so he could focus on his school work.

Power of prayer: Melvina Harris Chapman, Lamar's cousin, asks friends on social media to offer up prayers for the troubled basketball star

Power of prayer: Melvina Harris Chapman, Lamar's cousin, asks friends on social media to offer up prayers for the troubled basketball star

Dressed for success: Friends share their memories of Lamar (center) on social media

Dressed for success: Friends share their memories of Lamar (center) on social media

Odom's ex-girlfriend Liza Morales and their two children, Destiny and Lamar Jr., are also expected to arrive soon at their father's hospital bedside, where his ex-wife, Khloe Kardashian, along with her mother Kris Jenner and sister Kim Kardashian West are currently holding vigil.

Meanwhile, Odom's deeply religious family is rallying around the onetime NBA great and praying he somehow will pull through.

'Okay my cousin JaNean Mercer confirm that is true about Lamar Odom who is also my cousin so I'm calling on all my prayer warriors please pray for Lamar Odom,' Melvina Harris Chapman wrote on Facebook Tuesday. 

'I know what the power of prayer can do so please please pray pray.'

'I'm not worried I know God got you,' she wrote in a second post to the social media site. 

Concerned for Lamar: Odom's Godmother, JaNean Mercer, peeks outside her Queens, New York home

Concerned for Lamar: Odom's Godmother, JaNean Mercer, peeks outside her Queens, New York home

Family and friends stop by Odom's family home in New York as he battles for his life in Nevada
Cars filled the front of Odom's family home in New York as family and friends arrived upon hearing the news

Sending prayers: Family and friends stop by Odom's family home in New York as he battles for his life in Nevada

New York state of mind: The home where Lamar spent most of his childhood in Queens

New York state of mind: The home where Lamar spent most of his childhood in Queens

Lamar's exact condition remains unknown, but TMZ is reporting that hospital sources say he has a 50/50 chance of surviving. 

The website also claims that four of Lamar's organs, including his kidneys, are failing. 

Odom had a difficult childhood, he lost his mother at a young age and his father Joe was a heroin addict.

But he managed to overcome all of that and make it to play professional basketball. 

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