A spokeswoman for Lamar Odom's aunt says the NBA star woke up and spoke three days after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.
Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Odom's maternal aunt and godmother, said that Odom spoke a greeting and gave a thumps up Friday morning, his first communication since being hospitalized.
Odom has been unconscious at a Las Vegas hospital since being found Tuesday at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada.
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 in Las Vegas at the hospital.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's aunt are speaking out to thank fans as he remains hospitalized after being found unconscious Tuesday at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada.
Kardashian, Odom's estranged wife, said her family won't be posting content online while attending to his health crisis. Kardashian's rep confirmed Friday that the message on the reality TV star's official app was posted by the family.
It read: "As a family, we've decided to hold off on publishing content across our apps while we continue to support and pray for Lamar."
She also thanked fans for their kindness and understanding. The message was addressed to fans as a note from Kardashian.
The blog-like apps offer first-person postings with photos and advice. Announcing a posting black-out is a rarity for the family, who meticulously document their lives on various social media channels and on the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" television show.
Meanwhile, Odom's aunt and godmother is also thanking the public for its support, saying they're focused on his "complete healing."
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 are now in Las Vegas.
The statement said: "His complete healing is paramount and our primary focus."