HipHollywood can confirm that Lamar Odom’s best friend, Jamie Sangouthai, died of necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh eating skin disease and chronic intravenous narcotism, constant drug use by use of needles.
The chief coroner from the Los Angeles County Coroners Office tells us that the injury occurred by self injection and that the mode was ruled an accident.
Jamie, 37, died on Sunday after being rushed to a downtown Los Angeles hospital.
Following Jamie’s tragic passing, his friends and former high school classmates from Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y started a GoFundMe page to get him back to his hometown.
“As most of you know, our good friend and CK classmate has passed away,” the page reads. “Jamie Sangouthai will be missed by so many. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough funds to bring him home. I Spoke to his childhood friend Leo and we are doing a fundraiser to help his mom give him a proper burial. I’m asking all of our CK family to please help out. Whether it be in the form of a monetary donation, or prayers being said for his mom and family. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated. We would like to proceed with funeral arrangements as soon as possible. I’m sure we all stand behind the CKFamily when one of us is in need. Let’s unite and bring Jamie home. God bless you all. If we reach the goal, please keep donating because his mother can use all the help she can get.”
Just two days before Sangouthai death , HipHollywood spotted Odom at the SLS in Las Vegas where he appeared to be in great spirits. But following the death of his best friend, things shifted.
According to reports, Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband is having a hard time dealing with the loss. Apparently, the 35-year-old was drinking vodka and taking Xanax his flight home from Vegas on Monday after learning about the sad news.
Thoughts and prayers are with Jamie’s family and friends.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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