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Published: 10 months ago
Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife, singer Leah LaBelle, were killed in a single car accident in Studio City, California, according to multiple news sources.
According to TMZ, police officers said Butler lost control of the car around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The Los Angeles County coroner's department confirmed Butler's identity to USA Today.
Butler was 38 years old, Leah LaBelle was 31.
Butler played in the NBA for 14 years with various teams. He was drafted out of La Salle University by the Miami Heat. He also played with the Hornets, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Spurs.
The Indiana Pacers issued the following statement:
"Our entire organization is deeply saddened after learning of the death of Rasual Butler and his wife, Leah LaBelle. In his one season with us, Rasual was the consummate team player and a great role model for our younger players on how a professional should prepare and act, while being a positive influence on everyone who associated with him. We offer our sincerest condolences to he and his wife's family."
Labelle was a singer who appeared on the third season of “American Idol.” She sang backing vocals for Jordin Sparks and the Jonas Brothers.
NBA star Dwayne Wade tweeted, "Come on man. Damn. The world just lost a great dude. RIP Rasual “Bop” Butler!"
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