Former NBA Player Rasual Butler and His Wife, Singer Leah LaBelle, Killed in a Car Accident

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah Labelle — a singer who appeared on ‘American Idol’ — were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning.

via TMZ:

38-year-old Butler — who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 — lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall. The car flipped. 

Officers believe the car was speeding before it lost control. 

Butler had a long NBA career after an impressive run at La Salle — where he was a 2-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 Player. He’s a member of the La Salle Hall of Athletics. 

He went on to play in the NBA until 2016 — with stints on the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs. 

Butler most recently played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league. 

Butler’s wife Leah LaBelle was an R&B singer who was signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the 3rd Season of “American Idol” back in 2004. 

According to local ABC 7, the Range Rover was traveling at least twice the 35 mile per hour speed limit. At this time, there is no indication the vehicle was street racing.


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