Former classmates of the late Jamie Sangouthai have come together in an effort to raise money to help his family with the costs of his burial. The 37-year-old, who made several appearances on E!'s reality series “Khloé and Lamar,” died unexpectedly on Sunday.
After hearing the news of Sangouthai’s untimely death, a few of his high school friends decided to take action. In an effort to lessen the burden on the Queens, New York, native’s mother, Christine Sangouthai, Willie and Jonie Miranda created a GoFundMe page asking that fellow Christ the King High School classmates make any donation possible: “Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.,” the page says. The page promised that all funds raised would go toward having Sangouthai’s body flown home from Los Angeles to New York, allowing his mother and other family members to bury him nearby.
“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 [Penizzotto], and we are doing a fundraiser to help his mom give him a proper burial.”
The former reality star died Sunday of what appeared to be a drug overdose. He was rushed to a downtown L.A. hospital after an unnamed person called 911. He died shortly afterward.
Sangouthai's "Khloé and Lamar" co-stars Lamar Odom and his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, have not commented on the GoFundMe account. Sangouthai was a longtime friend of Odom, a former NBA player. The pair grew up together and, as you may recall from his appearances on the E! reality show, Odom financed an apartment in LA for his friend.
Sangouthai had a lengthy struggle with addiction, some of which was documented on “Khloé and Lamar.” He eventually sought help, only to later relapse.
As of now, the GoFundMe page has raised $11,100 for his mother to proceed with the burial. The goal is to reach $15,000.