Jamie Sangouthai: Lamar Odom's Lifelong Friend Died of Flesh-Eating Disease Caused by Drug Abuse

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Jamie Sangouthai, best friend of Lamar Odom, didn't die of a heroin overdose as previously reported. Instead he died of a flesh-eating disease that isn't uncommon to drug addicts.

His death has now been ruled an accident.

"He had [a] flesh-eating disease from his intravenous drug use," L.A. Coroner's office assistant chief Ed Winter said in an interview with People magazine.

"Cause A is Necrotizing fasciitis. Cause B is chronic intravenous narcotism," he continued. "How it occurred was self-injection and ruled an accident."

Jamie Sangouthai was just 37 at the time of his death. He appeared regularly on the Keeping Up With the Kardashians spinoff Khloe & Lamar.

Khloe Kardashian shared her grief over Jamie Sangouthai's passing via Twitter shortly after she heard the tragic news.

Lamar Odom was reportedly partying in Vegas when he learned his friend since childhood was dead.

Khloe Kardashian shared a second tweet that actually seemed like it might be directed at Lamar. Sources say she hopes Jamie Sangouthai's death serves as a wakeup call for the man who is still legally her husband.

Lamar Odom has been to see Jamie Sangouthai's mother in the wake of this tragedy.

Meanwhile friends of Jamie Sangouthai have a GoFundMe account in place, in their efforts to raise money to bring his body home to New York and pay for a proper funeral and burial.

Do you think Jamie Sangouthai's tragic death could propel Lamar Odom back into the throes of drug abuse?

Khloe Kardashian apparently believes this is a big concern.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.