Lamar Odom is “much improved”, according to former Rhode Island basketball coach Jim Harrick.

The former NBA star and estranged husband of Khloe Kardashian remains at a Las Vegas hospital after being found unconscious earlier this week at a Nevada brothel.

Harrick told The Associated Press by phone from his Los Angeles home on Friday that he has been in contact with Odom’s estranged wife Khloe, who told him that Odom is off dialysis and his “kidneys are all right”.

Harrick says he plans to visit Odom at the hospital next week. He says Kardashian has been discouraging too many visitors because “it’s like a circus”.

Odom called Harrick a couple weeks ago, telling his former college coach that he was moving to Las Vegas.

“He had just worked out, he sounded upbeat,” Harrick says. “I thought when I hung up that he was in a good place.”

Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Odom’s maternal aunt and godmother, said that Odom spoke a greeting and gave a thumbs-up on Friday morning, his first communication since being hospitalised.

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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 Kardashian, are in Las Vegas at the hospital.

Kardashian said her family won’t be posting content online while attending to his health crisis.

“As a family, we’ve decided to hold off on publishing content across our apps while we continue to support and pray for Lamar,” read the statement.

She also thanked fans for their kindness and understanding.

Although Kourtney and Kylie have posted their support on their Instagram pages…

Let’s dance again together soon. Prayers up for Lamar please.

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

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Believing in the power of prayer for this beautiful soul.

A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

The blog-like app offers 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 the Keeping Up with the Kardashians show.

Mercer has also thanked fans for their support.

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“No words can express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for the outpouring of support from around the world,” she said in a statement released by Alston.

“His complete healing is paramount and our primary focus.”

AP

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