Lamar Odom's Secret Pain: Dealing With A Family Tragedy Amid Khloe Kardashian Divorce Drama

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Dec. 16 2013, Published 5:34 p.m. ET

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's marriage had been crumbling for months before she filed for divorce on Friday. But though it was not unexpected, has learned that it couldn't have come at a worse time, as Odom and his family remember what would have been the eighth birthday of his son, Jayden, who tragically died from SIDS.

Jayden was born on December 15, 2005. "Your due date was December 25," his mother, Odom's ex, Liza Morales, wrote in an emotional instagram post on Sunday morning, almost exactly 48 hours after Kardashian filed for divorce . "Our gift came early that year, December 15."

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"I still remember the day," Lamar has said. "…watching Jayden come out, come out into the world. It was joyous, refreshing."

The infant "had really strong eyes," Odom said. "He would just kind of like watch me, and stare at me like he knew me from somewhere else."

But then, on June 29, 2006, Lamar got a frantic call from Morales telling him that Jayden was not breathing. "When she called me, she was like really frantic," Odom explained. "She couldn't really speak. I was told not to go home, to go right to the hospital. And when I got to the hospital, they just told me that they couldn't revive him."

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He was just a little more than six months old. And this Sunday, he would have been eight.

"You left us early, too early," Morales wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "Our hearts will ache for you until we are reunited. We love you and miss you baby boy."

Odom has said that he still has his little boy's laughter saved on one of his cellphones, and that he sometimes plays it back to himself.

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Love and laughter seem to be in short supply for Odom as he deals with the fall-out from his split with Kardashian. He has yet to publicly comment on the divorce.



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